Toronto IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud top in shortened second practice
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, July 18th 2014, 19:14 GMT|
Simon Pagenaud was fastest in a disrupted second IndyCar practice session on the streets of Toronto on Friday.
Pagenaud moved to the top only eight minutes into the session with a 1m00.0773s effort, and improved the benchmark to 1m00.0218s a few minutes later.
The question of whether he could have gone faster still was rendered academic by two late red flags that cut short the available running time.
At the point where the session stopped, it was looking like the Frenchman would have needed to work hard to retain his place in P1.
Four other drivers managed to lap within 0.1s of his best time, with Helio Castroneves coming closest at 1m00.0134s, though he was also responsible for the first, and longest, stoppage when his car came to a halt at Turn 8 just as the session hit the 30 minute mark.
The cause of the problem was not immediately clear, with the Brazilian simply reporting that he had lost power.
His stricken car took 11 minutes to clear, and the session had only just returned to green when Ryan Briscoe spun and stalled.
That prompted another red that swiftly changed to a chequered flag in order to allow time for a quick rehearsal of tomorrow's scheduled standing start.
Behind Pagenaud and Castroneves were Scott Dixon, Will Power and James Hinchcliffe, with less than a tenth of a second covering the top five.
Juan Pablo Montoya was seventh, behind Sebastien Bourdais, while the pace-setter in first practice Josef Newgarden ended FP2 13th.
Pos Driver Team/Engine Time Gap Laps 1. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 1m00.0084s 21 2. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 1m00.0218s +0.0134s 17 3. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Chevy 1m00.0769s +0.0685s 23 4. Will Power Penske/Chevy 1m00.0932s +0.0848s 22 5. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Honda 1m00.0937s +0.0853s 23 6. Sebastien Bourdais KV/Chevy 1m00.1786s +0.1702s 21 7. Juan Pablo Montoya Penske/Chevy 1m00.3021s +0.2937s 17 8. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Honda 1m00.3077s +0.2993s 24 9. Ryan Briscoe Ganassi/Chevy 1m00.5359s +0.5275s 26 10. Carlos Munoz Andretti/Honda 1m00.5477s +0.5393s 22 11. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 1m00.6086s +0.6002s 21 12. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 1m00.6538s +0.6454s 19 13. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 1m00.6579s +0.6495s 21 14. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Chevy 1m00.7072s +0.6988s 23 15. Jack Hawksworth Herta/Honda 1m00.8693s +0.8609s 22 16. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 1m00.9142s +0.9058s 23 17. Marco Andretti Andretti/Honda 1m00.9263s +0.9179s 14 18. Sebastian Saavedra KV/Chevy 1m00.9300s +0.9216s 21 19. Tony Kanaan Ganassi/Chevy 1m00.9510s +0.9426s 21 20. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt/Honda 1m00.9571s +0.9487s 23 21. Luca Filippi Rahal/Honda 1m01.0550s +1.0466s 18 22. Mike Conway Carpenter/Chevy 1m01.2656s +1.2572s 21 23. Carlos Huertas Coyne/Honda 1m01.2667s +1.2583s 21