Ryan Hunter-Ready put his DHL Honda atop the combined timesheet at the conclusion of day one at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
- Results: 2018 Honda Indy 200 Practice 2
On the strength of a 1:05.1950 lap on Firestone’s red-sidewalled alternate tire offering during Friday’s hourlong second practice outing, Hunter-Reay eclipsed Sebastien Bourdais’ top time from the morning session to make himself the fastest driver of the day.
Will Power, 0.1421 seconds off Hunter-Reay’s pace, led the remainder of the top five which included Graham Rahal, Spencer Pigot and Alexander Rossi who all went faster than Bourdais did in Practice 1 by at least 0.1258 seconds.
After owning the quickest lap during one point of Practice 2, Marco Andretti ended the session in sixth, 0.3886 seconds in arrears of Hunter-Reay. Scott Dixon, Ed Jones, Josef Newgarden and Jack Harvey filled the remainder of the top 10.
Harvey, back in Meyer Shank Racing’s No. 60 Honda at Michael Shank’s home track, brought out the third of four red-flag periods when he stopped on track nearing Turn 10. Spins for Zach Veach, Newgarden and Power also interrupted Practice 2.
Carlin driver Max Chilton was the only driver whose fastest lap came on primary Firestone rubber. Setting the 17th-fastest lap on black tires, Chilton was only three positions behind Bourdais, previously the fastest driver in the field.
Chilton’s teammate Charlie Kimball, parked for the final 15 minutes due to his involvement in a Practice 1 incident, joined Conor Daly at the bottom of the 24-car field to close out Friday’s action. Kimball and Harding Racing’s Daly were 1.8875 and 2.0276 seconds off Hunter-Reay’s pace, respectively.
A third practice session will begin at 10 a.m. EDT Saturday and run for 45 minutes before the grid is set for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at 1:35 p.m.