TORONTO – Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader Scott Dixon paced Friday’s second practice for the Honda Indy Toronto, leading 13 drivers who circulated the 1.786-mile temporary street course in less than a minute.
Driving the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Dixon’s quick lap was 59.0751 seconds (108.838 mph) during the 45-minute session and stood as best for the day from either of the two practices. Dixon, who won both Toronto races on a doubleheader weekend in 2013, has a 33-point lead over Josef Newgarden entering competition this weekend as he chases his fifth series title.
HONDA INDY TORONTO: Practice 2 results; Combined practice results
Honda-powered drivers nailed down the top five spots in the second practice after securing the first six positions in opening practice. Takuma Sato was second in the later session with a lap of 59.5117 seconds (108.039 mph) in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda, with Marco Andretti third at 59.5277 in the No. 98 Oberto Circle K/Curb Honda.
Graham Rahal, Sato’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammate in the No. 15 Rousseau Honda, was fourth at 59.5308 seconds, with Alexander Rossi fifth in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda (59.5836).
Spencer Pigot, fresh off a career-best second-place finish last week at Iowa Speedway, was the top Chevrolet driver in practice. The Ed Carpenter Racing driver circled the streets of Exhibition Place in 59.6350 seconds in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Service Chevrolet.
Newgarden, the defending Toronto race winner and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, was seventh overall at 59.6383 seconds in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.
A third practice takes place starting at 9:50 a.m. ET Saturday, ahead of Verizon P1 Award knockout qualifying at 1:55 p.m. Both Saturday sessions stream live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com, youtube.com/indycar and the INDYCAR Mobile app. Qualifying also airs on a same-day delay at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.
The Honda Indy Toronto, the 12th of 17 races this season, airs live at 3 p.m. Sunday on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.