Scott Dixon through Toronto Turn 1 during IndyCar practice session
Scott Dixon led an all-Honda top five in the second practice session during preparations for the 2018 Honda Indy Toronto. | Photo: Andy Clary / Spacesuit Media

Scott Dixon remained atop the Verizon IndyCar Series field in the second 45-minute practice session of the weekend at Exhibition Place as lap times dipped below one minute.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver navigated the tight, bumpy temporary street circuit in just over 59 seconds on his 17th of 22 laps, creating a considerable gap of 0.4366 seconds between his PNC Bank-liveried Honda and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda of Takuma Sato.

Both RLL cars reached the top five as Graham Rahal placed fourth in his No. 15 Honda behind Marco Andretti in third. Alexander Rossi completed the top five as the first driver more than a half-second off Dixon’s 59.0751 lap.

Takuma Sato avoids Toronto street circuit walls
At 0.4366 seconds behind Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato was the second-fastest driver in Practice 2 on the streets of Toronto. | Photo: Adam Pigott / Spacesuit Media

Spencer Pigot was sixth fastest behind the all-Honda top five while Josef Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Sebastien Bourdais and fan-favorite James Hinchcliffe filled the second half of the top 10, which was covered by 0.7406 seconds.

While Will Power and Hunter-Reay were among a small group of drivers to swipe concrete barriers with their Firestone tires or make trips into runoff areas, Practice 2 was interrupted only once when Rahal spun exiting the final bend onto the long fronstretch.

The IndyCar field will return to the 1.786-mile circuit at 9:50 a.m. EDT Saturday for a final 45-minute practice outing before the grid is set for Sunday’s 85-lap race at 1:55 p.m.


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