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Castroneves leads second practice in Detroit

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DETROIT – Helio Castroneves topped the second of two 45-minute practice sessions on Friday for this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear doubleheader.

The driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet posted a best time of 1:15.1511 around the 2.35-mile Raceway on Belle Isle to lead the standings.

Castroneves leads the points standings after finishing second in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, but is looking to snap a now three-year winless drought that dates to race two here in 2014.

Graham Rahal carried over his morning pace in the afternoon in the No. 15 SoldierStrong/TurnsForTroops.com Honda for RLL Racing at 1:15.3519 with Alexander Rossi third in the No. 98 ShopAndretti.com Honda for Andretti-Herta Autosport at 1:15.4323.

Rossi had an incident at Turns 8 and 9 that ended his session early, as he lost the back end. It’ll require slight rear end repairs but he should be good to go for tomorrow’s qualifying.

Max Chilton also had a brake fire on his No. 8 Gallagher Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing but made it back out later afterwards.

Drivers ran between three and 19 laps in the session, and teams tapped into their first sets of Firestone red alternate tires.

Notes from Thursday and Friday are linked here. More on Esteban Gutierrez’s first session and IndyCar arrival is linked here.

Times are below.

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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