IndyCar: Hinchcliffe leads again, but crashes in Milwaukee second practice

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James Hinchcliffe followed up setting his fastest time in Milwaukee first practice by doing so again in the second, but a crash in Turn 2 will leave his Andretti Autosport crew scrambling before qualifying later this afternoon.

Hinchcliffe, in the No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda, lost the back end while running behind Helio Castroneves going through Turns 1 and 2 with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the second one-hour practice session. He hit the wall with the rear and knocked the wing off, and also incurred some right rear corner damage. Hinchcliffe was checked, cleared and released.

The accident brought out the fourth yellow flag of the session; others flew for minor stops by Josef Newgarden for a minor electrical issue, a track inspection, and Hinchcliffe’s teammate Marco Andretti stopping on-track through 1/2. Both Newgarden and Andretti got back out.

Prior to the wreck, Hinchcliffe improved his morning time and speed, with a new best lap of 165.677 mph (22.0549 seconds). Hinchcliffe was the only driver in the 165s; this afternoon’s practice ran at 83 degrees ambient and 111 on track, nearly 10 degrees ambient and 23 track warmer than this morning.

Ed Carpenter, Tony Kanaan, Mikhail Aleshin and Newgarden rounded out the top five.

Due to the yellows, the session was extended an extra five minutes.

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Qualifying is next and will run from 5 to 6:15 p.m. CT/local time. Here’s the order for that:

1. 18-Carlos Huertas
2. 28-Ryan Hunter-Reay
3. 19-Justin Wilson
4. 34-Carlos Munoz
5. 3-Helio Castroneves
6. 98-Jack Hawksworth
7. 8-Ryan Briscoe
8. 2-Juan Pablo Montoya
9. 12-Will Power
10. 17-Sebastian Saavedra
11. 83-Charlie Kimball
12. 67-Josef Newgarden
13. 10-Tony Kanaan
14. 77-Simon Pagenaud
15. 15-Graham Rahal
16. 14-Takuma Sato
17. 7-Mikhail Aleshin
18. 11-Sebastien Bourdais
19. 20-Ed Carpenter
20. 25-Marco Andretti
21. 27-James Hinchcliffe
22. 9-Scott Dixon

Qualifying airs tonight on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET.

Plans revealed for upgraded Circuit Gilles Villeneuve pit complex

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Plans for the upgraded pit and paddock complex at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, have been unveiled ahead of their completion in time for the 2019 Formula 1 race.

The Canadian Grand Prix signed a new long-term F1 contract running to 2029 earlier this year, with a commitment to improving the outdated pit facilities at the circuit, built in 1988.

In a press conference earlier this week, further details and artist renderings were revealed for the CA$48 million project by the Société Parc Jean‑Drapeau.

A new glass structure will become the main pit complex, covering three levels to accommodate the teams, media and hospitality guests.

The construction work will commence at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in July 2018 – one month after next year’s Canadian Grand Prix – and be completed two months prior to the 2019 race.

Photo: Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau
Photo: Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau