Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport top second Long Beach practice

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Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi went quickest in second practice for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Rossi’s best lap of 1:08.556 nipped teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay in the final minutes, with Hunter-Reay clocking in at 1:08.7083 to make it an Andretti Autosport 1-2 in the session.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was third, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in fourth. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, who topped the first practice, was fifth.

The only stoppage of the session came near the end, with the aforementioned Sato spinning in Turn 1 and hitting the wall on corner exit.

Sato was unhurt, though his No. 15 Honda did sustain damage to the right-rear and right-front, and the incident did bring the session to an end slightly before it reached the planned 45-minute mark.

Session leaders Rossi and Hunter-Reay nearly found the wall themselves during the session, with each getting within inches of the Long Beach barriers at various points during their runs.

Results from Practice 2 are below. Practice 3 rolls off on Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. local time (1:45 p.m. ET), with qualifying at 3:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. ET, live on NBCSN).



Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.