Dixon fastest as issues hamper Brabham debut

Matthew Brabham has completed his first two practice sessions on the Indianapolis road course

Matthew Brabham has completed his first two practice sessions on the Indianapolis road course

Scott Dixon has blasted to the fastest time after the opening two practice sessions for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis as Matt Brabham struck early mechanical issues.

Dixon completed the second session by surging to the top in the closing minutes with a 1:09.82s effort.

Brabham’s maiden competitive IndyCar Series session struck early trouble when his machine suffered a damaged hub after a wheel nut on the left rear tyre worked free.

It confined Pirtek Team Murray driver Brabham to his pit box for the remainder of the session after completing a scant three laps.

The opening run was topped by Team Penske driver Will Power who was the only driver out of a 25-strong field to dip under the 1:10s barrier with a 1:09.89s best.

Brabham began the second session with even more impetus on amassing crucial mileage and gathering set-up data.

He had logged eight laps early and then spent a lengthy period in the pits while the team sorted through brake issues.

The 22-year-old returned to the fold with 30 minutes remaining as he completed an 11-lap run before pitting again with 12 minutes remaining.

The team made a front wing adjustment and bolted a fresh set of Firestone tyres before sending Brabham out again.

As Practice 2 ended Brabham managed to turn a total of 24 laps of the 3.8km road course with his best lap of 1:10.97s coming on his 22nd tour which was 1.1s off Dixon’s pace.

“It was one of those days where we working through a lot of things,” Brabham said.

“It was a brand new car and the guys have done a good job of bringing it together.”

 

Scott Dixon clocked the fastest time of the two practice runs

Scott Dixon clocked the fastest time of the two practice runs

Alex Rossi brought out a stoppage early when he spun his Honda after banking just five timed laps.

However Rossi recovered to dislodge Juan Montoya from the top of the time sheets with 45 minutes remaining before James Hinchcliffe, Power and points leader Simon Pagenaud took turns at the top.

In the end Dixon did enough to shade Pagenaud at the chequered flag with Graham Rahal third best.

Sebastien Bourdais was fourth ahead of Power.

Mikhail Aleshin was sixth from Josef Newgarden, Hinchcliffe and Montoya while Ryan Hunter-Reay completed the top 10.

The first batch of qualifying for the 82-lap race is scheduled for 5am (AEST) tomorrow.

See below full results for Practice 2

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

Laps

1

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

1:09.82s

34

2

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.16

26

3

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.16

38

4

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.16

33

5

Will Power

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.16

26

6

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.22

30

7

Josef Newgarden

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.24

28

8

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Dallara/Honda

0.25

25

9

Juan Pablo Montoya

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.34

26

10

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.36

26

11

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.41

30

12

Spencer Pigot

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Dallara/Honda

0.42

30

13

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.45

31

14

Conor Daly

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.46

30

15

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

0.46

27

16

Gabby Chaves

Dale Coyne Racing

Dallara/Honda

0.47

35

17

J.R. Hildebrand

Ed Carpenter Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.51

31

18

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta

Dallara/Honda

0.63

32

19

Alex Tagliani

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Honda

0.68

23

20

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.76

26

21

Takuma Sato

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Honda

0.80

28

22

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Dallara/Chevrolet

0.81

26

23

Jack Hawksworth

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Dallara/Honda

0.89

22

24

Matthew Brabham

Team Murray

Dallara/Chevrolet

1.14

25

25

Carlos Munoz

Andretti Autosport

Dallara/Honda

18.11

3

 

 

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