Herta leads a turbulent second practice in Toronto


The second practice session for Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday was a grueling affair starting with Josef Newgarden, who crashed out of his Team Penske Chevy after lapping just one lap when a low oil pressure alarm sounded. triggered on its steering wheel. The disappointment was followed by Alex Palou crashing after seven laps of racing in his Ganassi Racing Honda Chip and Romain Grosjean followed, pounding the wall in his Andretti Autosport Honda after 12 laps.

The trio, all potential pole position contenders, wasted valuable time preparing for qualifying following their misfortunes, and it was booked by Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Takuma Sato beating the wall with the checkered flag moments away from being waved.


Between crashes and dramas, Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta led the team’s second straight session with the lap of 1m00.0471s he set in the no.26 Honda. CGR’s Marcus Ericsson finished second with a 1m00.2082s in the #8 Honda and Will Power of Penske pushed the #12 Chevy to third with his lap of 1m00.3322s as the field completed mock qualifying practice late in the ride on new primary Firestone tires.

“We came off the trucks really well,” Herta said. “We are really confident for qualifying. We have a nice little gap with the terrain.

Ericsson was equally satisfied.

“It was good,” he said. “I worked last night to find a little more feeling than I was looking for. We are definitely where we want to be.

Among those looking for more speed, Alexander Rossi – Friday’s fastest driver – was 0.6453 seconds behind in 10th, and while Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward dropped from 20th place in the opening practice session at 12th in the second, the 0.7103 The gap with Herta is significant.

Despite the scheduled start time of 10 a.m. ET for the session, NTT IndyCar Series drivers sat in their cars in pit lane for 34 minutes on Saturday morning as repairs at the Toronto street circuit were carried out. made following a big accident in turn 3 during the previous session of the Porsche Cup.

Once the peloton started rolling in the 45-minute session, Herta clocked the first representative lap with a 1m02.1109s. Nine minutes into the session, Palou told the team “I crashed” after cutting the front right corner into the wall at Turn 2, which pulled the #10 car across the side of the track and slammed the left-front and left-back corners against the outside wall. The CGR driver limped back into the pit lane, which kept the session green.

David Malukas was the next driver to make a statement after moving first with a lap of 1m00.6834s and Grosjean moved into second after 15 minutes with a lap of 1m00.9964s. A few minutes later, he slammed the right side of the car into the exit wall of Turn 11, which collapsed its right rear suspension and pulled out the first red flag with 26 minutes to go.

His teammate Herta had taken the lead by the time the track turned red, and when the session resumed his 1m00.4871s were the new standard to beat. New tire races were the order of the day from now on.

Graham Rahal, fast on Friday, repeated the feat climbing to second with a lap of 1m00.5321s behind Herta, and Scott Dixon improved to 1m00.5282s to push Rahal back to third as the clock ticked down. finished at 15 minutes. go.

Dixon’s subsequent laps replaced Herta in the lead with a lap of 1m00.4547s and as the session reached seven minutes to go Scott McLaughlin took over the lead with a 1m00.3389s. Ericsson was next as his lap in 1m00.3978s was good enough for second place and improved on the first lap the next lap with a lap in 1m00.2082s.

Herta took the lead at the two-minute mark with a 1m00.0471 as Power moved up to third with a lap of 1m00.3322s when Sato pulled out a red flag with 51 seconds remaining when he hit the corner wall 6 with the left side of his car and broke his suspension.

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