Marco Andretti leads Day 2 of Indy 500 practice

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Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti led the way on Day 2 of practice for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Andretti’s best lap of 227.053 mph was the only lap above the 227 mph mark on a day in which many focused on race runs. The day was also clean, with the only stoppages coming in the form of routine track inspections, resulting in over 3,300 laps turned around the 2.5-mile oval.

Scott Dixon was second fastest on the day with a lap of 226.329 mph. Takuma Sato and Robert Wickens turned quicks laps of 226.108 mph and 226.098 mph late in the day. Charlie Kimball rounded out the Top 5 with a quick lap of 225.887 mph.

Of note: Tony Kanaan, who was sixth quickest overall, had the quickest non-tow lap of 223.048 mph.

Tony Kanaan had the fastest non-tow lap on Tuesday. Photo: IndyCar

At the other end of the speed charts, Conor Daly, Stefan Wilson, James Davison, Graham Rahal, and Zachary Claman De Melo were the bottom five on the day – taking spots 31-35 – with Daly having the slowest non-tow lap of the 35 drivers at 217.113 mph.

Other notables were Gabby Chaves (seventh), Josef Newgarden (11th), Danica Patrick (12th), Helio Castroneves (18th), Alexander Rossi (19th), Ryan Hunter-Reay (22nd), Simon Pagenaud (24th), James Hinchcliffe (29th), and Sebastien Bourdais (30th).

Results are below. Practice continues tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.



Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III