Hunter-Reay tops Mid-Ohio pre-race test

Hunter-Reay tops Mid-Ohio pre-race test

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Hunter-Reay tops Mid-Ohio pre-race test

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Rain delayed the start of Wednesday’s official pre-race IndyCar Series test at Mid-Ohio, but once the track dried and the afternoon session was run, Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest among the 24 drivers who participated.

The reigning series champion eclipsed Team Penske’s Will Power with two minutes remaining in the day, recording a 1:05.635-second lap around the 2.3-mile road course in his Chevy-powered No. 1 entry. Schmidt Peterson Racing’s Simon Pagenaud waited until the final lap to move ahead of Power, turning in a 1:05.796-second tour, using his Honda to edge the Aussie’s 1:05.820 by a mere .024sec.

“It was a good day,” said Hunter-Reay. “Made some major gains and we’re pretty happy with the car. This track is similar to Barber and we’ve been quick on the big natural terrain road courses. I’m happy with the work that the Andretti Autosport boys have done over the last two weeks and I’m sure we’ll find even more speed for Friday.”

Fourth and fifth went to Dragon Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais (1:05.965) and Penske’s Helio Castroneves (1:05.971), respectively. They were also the final drivers to crack the 66-second barrier.

Other notables included defending Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon, who is coming off three consecutive victories this month, in sixth for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti’s James Hinchcliffe in seventh and Marco Andretti in ninth, Ganassi’s Charlie Kimball in 10th, returning Panther Racing driver Oriol Servia in 12th, and Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan in 13th for KV Racing.

Ganassi’s Dario Franchitti completed just 16 laps after fuel supply issues forced his team to address the problems with the Honda-powered No. 10. The four-time series champion was relegated to 22nd after most drivers turned their best times late in the day. Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal lasted just three laps before his No. 15 Honda encountered a similar issue.

Series newcomers Luca Filippi and James Davison acquitted themselves rather well on Wednesday, with Filippi running as high as fifth in the Barracuda Racing car before the veteran drivers made stronger runs in the last hour of the test. The Italian would settle for 18th, while Davison, completing his second test at the track in his Dale Coyne Racing entry, was 21st.

The top 10 drivers were separated by .6 seconds, and 1.2 seconds covered the top 20.

Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Session Time Speed Total Laps
1 1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan D/C/F Practice 2 01:05.6358 123.847 49
2 77 Pagenaud, Simon D/H/F Practice 2 01:05.7965 123.545 62
3 12 Power, Will D/C/F Practice 2 01:05.8206 123.499 52
4 7 Bourdais, Sebastien D/C/F Practice 2 01:05.9654 123.228 61
5 3 Castroneves, Helio D/C/F Practice 2 01:05.9710 123.218 50
6 9 Dixon, Scott D/H/F Practice 2 01:06.1025 122.973 50
7 27 Hinchcliffe, James D/C/F Practice 2 01:06.1100 122.959 37
8 19 Wilson, Justin D/H/F Practice 2 01:06.1541 122.877 32
9 25 Andretti, Marco D/C/F Practice 2 01:06.1716 122.844 37
10 83 Kimball, Charlie D/H/F Practice 2 01:06.2360 122.725 71
11 16 Jakes, James D/H/F Practice 2 01:06.2761 122.651 47
12 4 Servia, Oriol D/C/F Practice 2 01:06.3740 122.470 61
13 11 Kanaan, Tony D/C/F Practice 2 01:06.4072 122.408 57
14 14 Sato, Takuma D/H/F Practice 2 01:06.4743 122.285 52
15 5 Viso, EJ D/C/F Practice 2 01:06.5502 122.145 48
16 78 De Silvestro, Simona D/C/F Practice 2 01:06.6743 121.918 48
17 6 Saavedra, Sebastian D/C/F Practice 2 01:06.7436 121.791 40
18 98 Filippi, Luca (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:06.7579 121.765 56
19 55 Vautier, Tristan (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:06.8079 121.674 54
20 67 Newgarden, Josef D/H/F Practice 2 01:06.8416 121.613 32
21 18 Davison, James (R) D/H/F Practice 2 01:07.0270 121.277 39
22 10 Franchitti, Dario D/H/F Practice 2 01:07.1307 121.089 16
23 20 Carpenter, Ed D/C/F Practice 2 01:07.5398 120.356 60
24 15 Rahal, Graham D/H/F Practice 2 01:18.6062 103.412 3

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