Alexander Rossi led the way in the second practice session ahead of Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after setting a fastest time of 01:08.5567s in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda ending the session just ahead of his Andretti Autosport team mate Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda.
Speaking following the session Rossi said it was good and to have two team cars in the top two is pretty awesome. Rossi said their main focus is redemption for last year.
Reigning series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet was third fastest for Team Penske despite missing the last ten minutes of the session for missing the weigh bridge at the start of the session.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack/Panasonic Honda was fourth fastest despite bringing out the red flag at the end of the session with a heavy hit to the rear of his car leaving his team with plenty of work to do ahead of the final practice session tomorrow morning.
Scott Dixon who led the way in the morning session ended the afternoon in fifth place in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing with a time of 01:09.1049s.
Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was sixth fastest just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda who set a fastest time of 01:09.2687s. Graham Rahal in the No.15 Total Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing was eighth fastest.
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser/Sullivan Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda ended the session ninth place while 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud rounded the top ten with a time of 01:09.3687s.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Fuzzy’a Vodka Chevrolet was just outside the top ten in 11th place just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet. Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach in the No.26 Group One Thousand One Honda ended the session in 13th place with a fastest time of 01:09.6902s.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda ended the session in 14th place just ahead of Bryan Herta Autosport’s Marco Andretti.
Jack Harvey was 16th fastest in the No.60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Michael Shank Racing with SPM Honda ending the session with a time of 01:09.8433s. Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton was 17th fastest in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet ending the session just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
Ed Jones was 19th in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing ending the session just ahead of Charlie Kimball’s No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist ended the session in 22nd place just ahead of fellow rookie Kyle Kaiser in his No.32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet. Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.19 Paysafe Honda ended the session in 23rd place while Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Chevrolet rounded out the order in 24th place with a time of 01:10.8269s.