Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Ryan Hunter-Reay led an American 1-2-3 in second practice for the GoPro GP of Sonoma, but behind him, the prime Verizon IndyCar Series title contenders were all in the top five.
Hunter-Reay, who won last time out at Pocono but has yet to score a road/street course win in 2015, lapped the 2.52-mile course at Sonoma Raceway in 1min16.8702sec, which equates to an average of 111.695mph. That was just a hair quicker than Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda’s Graham Rahal who heads into this weekend’s race 34 points behind championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya.
The Colombian was fourth fastest this morning, separated from his challenger by Josef Newgarden, whose Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing-Chevrolet team bounced back from a mediocre Friday. In fifth was defending race winner Scott Dixon, who will be going for his fourth IndyCar championship tomorrow
Performances of note included Sebastian Saavedra who, despite stopping on course in the No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevrolet, managed to clock 11th fastest time, just a couple of tenths behind teammate Tony Kanaan.
Another comeback star – Mikhail Aleshin in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsport No. 77 – managed to eclipse his teammates Ryan Briscoe and James Jakes. Meanwhile Oriol Servia, driving the Justin Wilson-tribute No. 25 Andretti Autosport entry, trimmed a full 0.7sec from his gap to P1.