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.