Hunter-Reay paces second Detroit practice

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Hunter-Reay paces second Detroit practice


Hunter-Reay paces second Detroit practice


Andretti Autosport and Honda showed the way in Friday’s second practice session for IndyCar’s Dual in Detroit.

Ryan Hunter-Reay posted quick time with a lap of 1m16.3598s in the DHL Honda while teammates Marco Andretti, Alexander Rossi and Zach Veach were fifth, eighth and 10th as Honda claimed eight of the top 10 spots around the Belle Isle street course.

Scott Dixon, in the PNC Honda, threw down the second-best lap of 1m16.3667 and James Hinchcliffe bounced back from morning brake issues with the third-quickest lap of 1:16.4840 as the top 10 cars were within four-tenths of a second.

Josef Newgarden, the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, was the best Chevrolet and fourth overall at 1m16.5864 in the Verizon Chevy while Andretti turned 1m16.6198 and Graham Rahal, who swept both races a year ago, was sixth at 1m16.7098s.

There were two red flags during the 45-minute session as Jordan King brought out the first one after clouting the wall in Turn 13. His Fuzzy’s Chevy pancaked the outside wall and then shot across the track and wiped out both corners on the left side. “Really annoying, a tiny error that was quite costly,” said the rookie from England.

Tony Kanaan spun and collected the tire wall in Turn 7 to bring out the other red but his ABC Supply Chevy only suffered minor damage to the left-rear corner.

UP NEXT: Qualifying for the first race will be held Saturday morning and both races are set for 3:50 p.m. ET starts on ABC.