Fresh off a sixth-place finish in yesterday’s first Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit race, Dario Franchitti topped the morning warmup session for this afternoon’s Dual 2 (3:50 p.m. ET, check local listings) on the 2.3-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Franchitti, who will start 16th in today’s 70-lap event, posted a quick lap of 77.9486 seconds in his No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
The four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion was followed by Dragon Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, who posted the second-quickest lap of the morning at 78.0896 seconds in the No. 7 Chevrolet. Bourdais, who has four series titles of his own from his days in Champ Car, suffered stuck throttle issues yesterday in his 100th series start and was forced to swallow a 24th place result.
Third-quickest this morning with a lap of 78.2082 seconds was today’s pole sitter, Mike Conway. The quiet Englishman, who went from digging in his dad’s vegetable garden last weekend to the top step of the Motor City podium yesterday, will earn a $50,000 bonus prize if he follows up his emphatic victory in Dual 1 with another triumph today in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.
Justin Wilson, who joined his DCR teammate on the podium with a third-place result yesterday, was fourth-quickest in the warmup with a time of 78.3546 seconds in his No. 19 Honda. A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato rounded out the Top 5 in the session (78.3757 seconds) and is hoping for a better outing today after a 19th-place finish on Saturday.