Turn 11 continued to be tricky in the afternoon session as Simon Pagenaud led Practice 2. The winner of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 had the day’s first sub-60 second lap with a best time of 59. 871. Felix Rosenqvist was second quickest 0.06 seconds behind. Sebastien Bourdais ended the period third 0.116 seconds slower than Pagenaud.
Turn 11 again was a busy spot with contact by Takuma Sato, Marcus Ericsson, and Alexander Rossi. Ericsson had another contact incident in turn 5. Rossi hit the turn 9 wall and damaged the left front tire.There was no suspension damage and he returned to the track, but finished 14th.
Pagenaud, Bourdais, and Rosenqvist looked strong in both sessions. Scott Dixon, who led the morning practice, was fifth this afternoon. The Ganassi pair of Dixon and Rosenqvist join Pagenaud as the only three drivers in the top five of both sessions.
Spencer Pigot was fourth in practice 2 as he continues to seek a breakout race performance.
The cars of Marco Andretti and Colton Herta look a lot alike from a distance. It will be good to know their starting positions to help watching them in the race. I hope they don’t end up in the same row.
Both of Rossi’s wall contacts happened in the first 20 minutes of the session. The car looks like it needs some work overnight.
Tomorrow’s practice session is at 10: 20 am ET. Qualifying begins at 2 pm ET. The practice is on NBC Gold. Qualifying is live on NBCSN.