MONTEREY, Calif – Ryan Hunter-Reay was the fastest driver in the second practice session for IndyCar’s championship-deciding race Friday afternoon at Laguna Seca Raceway, posting a best time of 1 minute, 9.9105 seconds around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course.
Hunter-Reay led Rookie of the Year candidate Felix Rosenqvist by 0.02 seconds.
Fellow rookie Colton Herta, who was fastest both during testing on Thursday and in Friday morning’s first practice session, was third fastest in the second practice with Simon Pagenaud the fastest of the four championship contenders in fourth.
Pagenaud and fellow title contender Scott Dixon (seventh fastest) turned heads when they simultaneously went off course and brought out the lone red flag of the session with roughly 20 minutes remaining in the session in Turns 1 and 10, respectfully. Neither car was damaged
Points leader Josef Newgarden was sixth fastest in the practice.
After finishing dead last in the morning session, Alexander Rossi, who trails Newgarden by 41 points, didn’t fare much better in P2, finishing 23rd of 24 drivers.
Santino Ferrucci finished the session fifth fastest.
Live coverage of Practice 3 for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey begins Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold, qualifying is at 4:30 p.m. on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold and race coverage begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and NBC Sports Gold.
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One of the most famous race cars in film history will be featured in a new automotive museum in Florida.
The legendary Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 film ‘Le Mans’, which was last seen in 2017 when it sold for $14 million in an auction, will be one of the prominent pieces in the Brumos Collection, a new automotive museum in Jacksonville.
Widely considered the most famous Porsche 917 ever built, the historic race car initially was used for Le Mans testing before being featured in the McQueen film. The car was housed in a barn for more than two decades before re-emerging fully restored in 2001.
The car was unveiled as the newest member of the Brumos Collection during a special event signifying the museum’s grand opening on Monday.
With more than three dozen vehicles, the Brumos Collection provides museum guests an up-front look at racing and automotive history.
Notable race cars in the collection include:
- 1968 Porsche 908: In the second track appearance ever for Porsche’s then-new 908, drivers Jo Siffert and Vic Elford tackled the notorious Nürburgring’s 1000 km in this yet-unproven model. Starting in the 27th position, Siffert guided the 908 to second at the end of the first lap and into the overall lead after the second lap, setting a lap record. This historic 908 persevered through a grueling 44 laps around Nürburgring’s 14-mile course, skillfully navigating a 1000-foot elevation change and 160 turns through the forest.
- 1979 Porsche 935: This #59 Brumos Porsche 935 is shown exactly as it raced when it won the 1979 IMSA Championship with Peter Gregg behind the wheel. It is authentic in every detail, down to his distinctive tartan seat upholstery. Arguably the finest season of his career, Gregg won eight races and eight consecutive pole positions in 1979. The car won 53 percent of the races it entered, carrying Gregg to 20 percent of his total career IMSA victories.
- 1972 Porsche 917-10: The first 917/10 was produced in 1971. This Can-Am Racer had a twin-turbocharged engine capable of 200+mph speeds at 1100 hp. Peter Gregg raced the car to a 9th place finish in the 1972 Can-Am Championship, followed by Hurley Haywood’s 3rd place finish in the 1973 Can-Am Series season. The Brumos Porsche 917-10 was the first race car to carry what has now become the iconic and recognizable white, red and blue livery with the famous Brumos Racing “sweeps.”
- 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix: Miller was the first American race car bought solely to race in Europe. This 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix was driven by Bugatti racer Count Louis Zborowski, who raced it in England, Spain and France. Returned to the United State 89 years later, this is considered one of the most complete surviving Millers.
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