Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet led the second session ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session for the season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The Tennessee native led a Penske 1,2,3,4 setting a fastest time of 01:16.2485s.
Defending series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet was second just ahead of Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet while Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was fourth fastest.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda was fifth fastest just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda was seventh fastest just ahead of his team mate Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts with Curb Honda. Takuma Sato was ninth fastest in the No.26 Honda just ahead of Graham Rahal who rounded out the top ten in the No.15 United Rentals Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was 11th fastest just ahead of Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Unifin Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.
Charlie Kimball was 13th fastest in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda just ahead of his team mate Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda. James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was 15th for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot was 16th in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones was 17th fastest in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda.
JR Hildebrand was 18th in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet ending the session just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s pairing of Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz.
Jack Harvey in the No.7 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports was 21st while Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Zachery Claman DeMelo in the No.13 PaySafe Honda rounded out the order in 22nd place.