Team Penske dominated the second practice session on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto race with Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet leading the way with a 01:01.7081s and speaking following the session the Frenchman commented by saying:
It’s been a fun day. I love this place here. First of all, the city is so amazing. There’s so much activity. It’s great to see. And the track itself has changed. I like it better. So I’m happy. I do like it better. I know it’s not the case for everybody, but I do, so. I think it’s one of these years where you’re having luck all the time. The PPG Chevrolet was fast, good. We made some adjustments for Practice 2. It actually went better than we expected. We’re on a good pace this weekend. Certainly I think we’re pretty set with the race car, now we need to make some adjustments for qualifying. But we’re pretty close. It’s great when you’re having one of these weekends and everything flows really well.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet was second fastest overall with a 01:01.9091s and speaking following the session where he completed 36 laps he commented by saying:
Very good to be back here in Toronto. With the new changes on the track, it’s just like a new track. You’ve got to learn. You’ve got to try new things. No question, we just start all over again. I guess tomorrow is going to continue going faster. Great for the Pennzoil Chevrolet. Seems to be very good in this session. We learned a lot from the first one. I’m glad that we’re able to share information with my teammates, which worked very well for me.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was third fastest on Friday recording a time of 01:02.0573s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The Verizon Chevy had a good day today and we definitely have to find some pace. The track can be difficult with all the bumps. We will evolve over the next practice and qualifying and see what we can do.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Devilbiss Chevrolet as the Colombian got a little out of shape and caught the wall bringing out the red flag early on in the session and as a resulted end the day 17th place with a heavily damaged car and speaking following the session he stated:
Nothing broke on the car. I went in a little out of shape and caught a piece of the wall and I ricocheted across the track. The DeVilbiss Chevrolet was really good before that, but I have complete faith in my crew and we’ll be fine. That’s the thing with street courses. Sometimes there just isn’t enough room to recover from a mistake. I’m anxious to get back out there.