Colton Herta led Practice 2 for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio with the day’s quickest lap, 1:05.729. It was a session punctuated by spins and off course excursions. The mist severe came with about six minutes left when Josef Newgarden got off track in turn 9 and backed into the tire barrier. The rest of the field was allowed one more lap. No one got a clean lap as none of the cars could create a big enough gap to make a decent run. e
Cars didn’t start using the red alternate tires until about 12 minutes remained in the practice period. I’m not sure anyone has a decent feel for how they will do in qualifying or the race. Simon Pagenaud said in the press conference following practice, “We’ll find out in the warmup (Sunday morning).”
Pagenaud finished second after after posting the third place time this morning. Pagenaud was 0.202 seconds behind Herta. Will Power was third this afternoon. Points leader Newgarden finished the afternoon 11th after his crash. Alexander Rossi continued to struggle ending session two in 13th, which is the same position he finished this morning’s practice.
Felix Rosenqvist improved on his eighth place from the morning session to fourth quickest this afternoon. Jack Harvey was 11th this morning and improved to eighth in session two. Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe switched fifth and sixth spots in the two sessions. Hinchcliffe was fifth this morning.
R. C. Enerson (above photo) made great strides this afternoon in his Indycar return, going from 21st this morning to 15th this afternoon.
Tomorrow’s schedule calls for a 10:30 practice and qualifying at 2:35.