The 22 drivers competing at Iowa Speedway received 15 minutes of pit stop practice and 45 minutes of actual practice to make final preparations for Sunday’s 300-lap race with Josef Newgarden topping the speed chart for the second time of the day.

Newgarden backed up his Practice 1 performance with a 176.772 mph lap in Practice 2. Achieved on his 37th of 85 laps turned, the speed was significantly slower than his qualifying pace which placed him on the outside of the front row alongside teammate and pole sitter Will Power.

Power placed fifth in this final practice session behind three Honda drivers. Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon were all above 174 mph but only Rossi managed to join Power in exceeding 176 mph.

Ed Jones, Simon Pagenaud, Takuma Sato, Tony Kanaan and Zach Veach completed the top 10 with Veach the top representative of the rookie class. Other rookies Robert Wickens, Matheus Leist and Zachary Claman De Melo were 12th, 13th and 17th on the speed chart, respectively.

After struggling in qualifying, Marco Andretti was slowest at 167.297 mph, nearly 10 mph off of Newgarden’s chart-topping speed.

The next on-track activity for the Verizon IndyCar Series is the race itself, set to go green Sunday at 1:40 p.m. CDT with live television coverage on NBSCN beginning at 2 p.m. EDT.

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    • All I heard was that the smoke was yellow because of the shiny Menards livery. Just kidding! I saw Pagenaud give an interview on INDYCAR Radio but was paying attention to other things at the time. The problem didn’t seem incredibly serious and I don’t think we should expect it to impact his race tomorrow.

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