Dixon takes charge in Sonoma IndyCar practice 2

Dixon takes charge in Sonoma IndyCar practice 2


Dixon takes charge in Sonoma IndyCar practice 2


A late flyer from Scott Dixon earned the New Zealander bragging rights following the second IndyCar practice session at Sonoma. The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver leaned on a new set of tires to reel off a 1m18.3145s, enough to edge out Helio Castroneves’ best time by 0.3 second.

“I think both [Ganassi] cars have been pretty quick,” said Dixon. “I don’t think Dario [Franchitti] even ran a second set of tires and he was still in the top seven.

“We just seemed to get our car together a bit on our first set of new tires in that session it’s really about getting your lap together.”

A combination of wind, a general lack of grip, and what Dixon described as a mismatched specification of tire for the track left most of the field scrambling to put together consistent laps, and several drivers made brief forays off the track during the course of the session. Only Ryan Briscoe’s trip into the dirt warranted a red flag, but even that was brief, and the Australian was able to get himself back onto the track and continue running without any problems.

Series debutant Lucas Luhr again finished up 25th fastest in the second Sarah Fisher Hartman entry, and while the sports car ace admitted that he is still finding his groove, he rued the timing of the red flag.

“For sure it’s not so easy,” he said. “It’s a new experience for me and these cars have a whole different driving style. But I’m enjoying it.

“It’s just a shame that in practice I was just going out on new tires when we had the red, so we don’t know what our pace really is.”

Pos  Driver               Team/Engine      Time        Gap 1.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Honda    1m18.3145s 2.  Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy     1m18.6694s  +0.3549s 3.  Will Power           Penske/Chevy     1m18.7454s  +0.4309s 4.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Chevy   1m18.7766s  +0.4621s 5.  Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda      1m18.8704s  +0.5559s 6.  Graham Rahal         Rahal/Honda      1m18.9844s  +0.6699s 7.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi/Honda    1m19.0542s  +0.7397s 8.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda    1m19.0719s  +0.7574s 9.  EJ Viso              Andretti/Chevy   1m19.1347s  +0.8202s10.  Ryan Briscoe         Panther/Chevy    1m19.1502s  +0.8357s11.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Chevy   1m19.3336s  +1.0191s12.  Tristan Vautier      Schmidt/Honda    1m19.3366s  +1.0221s13.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Honda    1m19.3958s  +1.0813s14.  Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda       1m19.3989s  +1.0844s15.  JR Hildebrand        Herta/Honda      1m19.4191s  +1.1046s16.  Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon/Chevy     1m19.4301s  +1.1156s17.  James Jakes          Rahal/Honda      1m19.4673s  +1.1528s18.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy     1m19.4744s  +1.1599s19.  Tony Kanaan          KV/Chevy         1m19.4947s  +1.1802s20.  Marco Andretti       Andretti/Chevy   1m19.5942s  +1.2797s21.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter/Chevy  1m19.6785s  +1.3640s22.  Simona de Silvestro  KV/Chevy         1m19.7767s  +1.4622s23.  James Davison        Coyne/Honda      1m19.8469s  +1.5324s24.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda     1m19.8615s  +1.5470s25.  Lucas Luhr           Fisher/Honda     1m20.6459s  +2.3314s