Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA AutoNation Honda was the pace-setter in practice 2 on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle. Rossi set a fastest time of 01:15.8101s and ended the session just ahead of Simon Pagenaud of Meyer Shank Racing who set a fastest time of 01:15.8801s before stopping on track towards the end of the session.
Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet was third fastest just ahead of Helio Castroneves and David Malukas.
Scott McLaughlin was sixth fastest just ahead of Felix Rosenqvist and Devlin DeFrancesco while defending series champion Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda Chip Ganassi Racing car with a time of 01:16.3849s.
Romain Grosjean rounded out the top ten with a time of 01:16.3981s just ahead of Takuma Sato and Pato O’Ward.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda was 13th with a time of 01:17.1030s just ahead of Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda who set a time of 01:17.1301s.
Rinus VeeKay was 15th just ahead of Santino Ferrucci and Colton Herta while Christian Lundgaard was 18th.
Will Power brought out the red flag after spinning at T11 and was forced to park up for five minutes. Graham Rahal rounded out the top twenty just ahead of Jimmie Johnson who spun coming out of pit-road at Turn 2 while Conor Daly was 22nd just ahead of Jack Harvey and Dalton Kellett.
Tatiana Calderon was 25th just ahead of Kyle Kirkwood who rounded out the order after hitting the wall. Dalton Kellett’s crew will have it all to do as he hit the wall hard and it will be a race against time to get his car ready for qualifying.