Long Beach IndyCar: Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay top practice

David Malsher
Dixon and Hunter-Reay set Long Beach pace
Dixon and Hunter-Reay set Long Beach pace

Chip Ganassi Racing's five-time and reigning champion Scott Dixon led Friday afternoon IndyCar practice in Long Beach, beating morning pacesetter Ryan Hunter-Reay by 0.0494 seconds.

Andretti Autosport driver Hunter-Reay had led Dixon by 0.1704s as he topped the opening session and went fastest again on the harder tyres in the first 20 minutes of practice two.

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Championship leading Penske driver Josef Newgarden then eclipsed Hunter-Reay when he became the first driver to lay down a fast lap on the softer tyres.

Hunter-Reay responded but was beaten by Dixon's 1m07.7940s in the dying seconds of the session.

Hunter-Reay clung on to second, but was only 0.0433sec ahead of rookie Felix Rosenqvist in the second Ganassi car.

Newgarden was top Chevrolet runner in fourth ahead of Carlin Racing's Patricio O'Ward, who was within a quarter-second of Dixon's pacesetting lap.

Last year's Long Beach race winner Alexander Rossi clocked sixth fastest time ahead of Graham Rahal, who escaped a spin.

Dixon and Hunter-Reay set Long Beach pace
Dixon and Hunter-Reay set Long Beach pace

Simon Pagenaud was eighth, followed by 2017 race winner James Hinchcliffe (pictured) of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Marco Andretti.

Tony Kanaan was an encouraging 12th, but his AJ Foyt Racing team-mate Matheus Leist stopped on track at Turn 9 - bringing out a red flag and receiving a five-minute penalty.

Will Power was only 15th fastest in the third Penske Dallara-Chevrolet.

Austin race winner Colton Herta had been third in first practice and was 13th in the afternoon.

Practice one times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m07.9335s

-

13

2

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m08.1039s

0.1704s

16

3

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m08.1844s

0.2509s

22

4

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m08.3496s

0.4161s

14

5

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m08.4134s

0.4799s

5

6

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m08.4314s

0.4979s

12

7

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m08.4648s

0.5313s

24

8

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.5168s

0.5833s

21

9

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.5246s

0.5911s

17

10

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.5771s

0.6436s

19

11

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.5963s

0.6628s

15

12

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m08.7295s

0.7960s

21

13

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.7920s

0.8585s

13

14

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m08.8235s

0.8900s

14

15

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

1m08.8457s

0.9122s

16

16

Patricio O'Ward

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.8460s

0.9125s

22

17

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.9120s

0.9785s

15

18

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m08.9132s

0.9797s

15

19

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m08.9951s

1.0616s

21

20

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m09.0188s

1.0853s

14

21

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m09.1106s

1.1771s

16

22

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m09.1293s

1.1958s

14

23

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m09.2879s

1.3544s

16

Practice two times

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m07.7940s

-

18

2

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m07.8434s

0.0494s

13

3

Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m07.8867s

0.0927s

16

4

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m07.9648s

0.1708s

12

5

Patricio O'Ward

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.0303s

0.2363s

16

6

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m08.0810s

0.2870s

13

7

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m08.1289s

0.3349s

16

8

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.2326s

0.4386s

19

9

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m08.3621s

0.5681s

15

10

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

1m08.3936s

0.5996s

12

11

Max Chilton

Carlin

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.3954s

0.6014s

15

12

Tony Kanaan

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.3971s

0.6031s

16

13

Colton Herta

Harding Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m08.4109s

0.6169s

15

14

Zach Veach

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

1m08.4410s

0.6470s

15

15

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.5084s

0.7144s

17

16

Marcus Ericsson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

1m08.5580s

0.7640s

15

17

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

1m08.6274s

0.8334s

16

18

Sebastien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m08.6642s

0.8702s

18

19

Ed Jones

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.7006s

0.9066s

16

20

Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m08.8327s

1.0387s

17

21

Spencer Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.8596s

1.0656s

14

22

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Dallara/Honda

1m08.9504s

1.1564s

12

23

Matheus Leist

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Chevrolet

1m08.9593s

1.1653s

17

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