Scott Dixon edged out Ryan Hunter-Reay to claim the bragging rights in the second practice session ahead of this weekend’s NTT IndyCar Series race around the streets of Long Beach.
Dixon’s 1m07.794s was enough to put him 0.49s clear of Hunter-Reay, who’d topped the times in the morning. Dixon’s Ganassi teammate Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the top three.
“I think we generally had pretty good cars here in the past, but there’s definitely a lot to be said for rolling off quick in the first session,” said Dixon. “The car feels like it’s in the window; we’re just trying to make it a little easier to drive.”
After a lopsided results sheet earlier in the day, some degree of parity between manufacturers was restored in the afternoon when Josef Newgarden and Pato O’Ward ended up fourth and fifth fastest respectively for Chevrolet, roughly 0.2s down on Dixon’s benchmark.
“This place is a blast,” enthused O’Ward. “It’s quite hard to get those last three-tenths, but I’m enjoying it so far. We’ve done some pretty good running. Struggling with the blacks, but we seem to be OK on the reds.”
The only interruption to the green flag time was a brief stoppage to allow Matheus Leist’s stranded Foyt car to be rescued.