Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet’s Will Power in the No.12 car but his accident from this morning behind him as the 2014 IndyCar champion set the fastest time during an interrupted second practice session from the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
The Australian completed 25 laps with a fastest time of 1.00.9431s and ended the afternoon just ahead of reigning champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Dixon completed 22 laps and ended the session just ahead of Simon Pagenaud who topped the times this morning.
It was a great afternoon for the No.15 Steak N’Shake Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda of Graham Rahal as he ended the session in fourth place just ahead of Takuma Sato in the No.14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda who completed 18 laps.
It was also a great afternoon for the No.5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of James Hinchcliffe as he ended the day in 6th place just ahead of the leading Andretti Autosport entry of Carlos Munoz.
Jack Hawksworth was eighth fastest in the No.41 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda entry ending up just ahead of Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet while Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Verizon Team Penske machine rounded out the top ten.
Marco Andretti in the No.26 Snapple Andretti Autosport Honda ended the day in 11th place leading his Andretti Autosport team mate’s of Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL entry while Alexander Rossi in the No.98 Andretti Herta Autosport recovered from stalling his car to end the session in 13th place.
KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet was 14th fastest ending the session just ahead of Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet.
Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SPM Racing Honda was 16th fastest ending the day just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Chevrolet.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet had a better session this afternoon compared to the morning as he ended the day in 18th place just ahead of his Ganassi team mate Charlie Kimball.
Conor Daly ended his day just ahead of his Dale Coyne Racing team mate Luca Filippi in 20th place.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Spencer Pigot rounded out the times in 22nd place. The afternoon session was red flagged for a while while the Halmotro Safety did a fantastic job to fix the circuit after some asphalt came loose and this is why these guys and girls are here to ensure that the drivers can compete safely and without the hard work that they do with the IndyCar Series we would not be able to go racing.