Team Penske’s Will Power led the way in the second practice session on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Australian set a fastest time of 01:07.0800s and speaking following the session he stated:
Yeah, you only get a set of reds for this one session. It’s really important for qualifying. It’s such a different tire, a lot softer. The car feels comfortable. We’ll work on it. It kind of sucks if you’re quickest because you don’t get details, you know. Wish I was fifth or something, it would have been much better. You don’t want to show people what you got too soon.
In the opening session on Friday morning, Helio Castroneves in the No.3 ended the opening session in second place behind Scott Dixon while in the second session he ended the day in sixth place.
Josef Newgarden ended both sessions in 14th place while reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet ended the opening session in ninth place while in the second session he improved to third place behind his team mate Will Power and Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti.