Power, Penske to the fore in second IndyCar practice at Barber


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves went 1-2 in the final 45-minute practice session of the day for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, before qualifying later today (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra).

Power’s best lap of 1:07.2913 in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was half a second quicker than Scott Dixon’s best time in the morning one-hour session. The Barber Motorsports Park track conditions remained cool and overcast, albeit with a good crowd already.

The top six drivers were Chevrolets. Beyond the Penske pair, Dixon was third with Simon Pagenaud fourth and Sebastien Bourdais fifth.

Top Honda in the session was James Hinchcliffe in seventh, at 1:08.0058 and 0.7145 of a second off the session-leading Power.

Two red flags flew for lazy spins by Rodolfo Gonzalez and Luca Filippi, with neither a major incident.

Times are below. The next session for IndyCar is at 3:55 p.m. CT and local time (4:55 p.m. ET), qualifying.