Ryan Hunter-Reay stole the spotlight from the championship contenders Friday as he led the way in first practice. Hunter-Reay turned a 110.681 mph (01:17.5742) lap around the Sonoma Raceway to put his No. 28 on top of the board. Scott Dixon finished second in the session with a 110.322 mph lap making him the fastest of the four championship contenders.
Alexander Rossi finished the practice session in eighth while the fourth and final championship contender Josef Newgarden failed to turn a lap during the session due to fuel pressure issues. The driver of the No. 1 is also fighting a case of food poisoning.
Newgarden rebounded from fuel pressure issues in the first session to top the second session of the day. Newgarden turned a 110.338 mph (1:17.815) lap to put his No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet on the top of the speed charts. Dixon was right behind the No. 1 with a lap that was 0.0836-seconds off of the top.
Rossi gained a little speed from what he missed in the first session, finishing sixth. Rossi was the worst of the championship contenders during the session.
Qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma will kick off at 6 p.m. ET Saturday while the race itself is slated to go green at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday (September 14th).
.@scottdixon9 finds a little dirt 👀 Watch Practice 2 now:
— IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) September 14, 2018
Long day… feeling a little under the weather and we missed practice 1 with an fueling issue. @team_penske is the absolute best… sorted out the issue and we took P1 in Practice 2.
— Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) September 15, 2018
Double the points, but just one opportunity.
— Will Power (@12WillPower) September 14, 2018
— Alexander Rossi (@AlexanderRossi) September 14, 2018