Alexander Rossi rose to the occasion late to pace an incident-filled second practice session before for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Rossi made the most of a late yellow flag for Josef Newgarden’s stalled car off the final turn which set up a 1 lap dash to the checkered.
Rossi scorched the 2.3-mile road course in 1 minute 6.0797 seconds to improve from his sixth quickest time in this morning’s session.
“It’s good, it was difficult there,” said the driver of the No. 27 Napa Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport. Every new tire run, on blacks or reds, got interrupted by red flags, so all good right now, when we rolled off, I was good with the car. Obviously, it’s hotter now than this morning. Overall, we’re in a decent position for this afternoon.”
A trio of Chip Ganassi Racing Hondas took the next three spots albeit a seemingly distant .1393s behind Rossi. Marcus Ericsson led the group with at 1:06.2190 followed by Scott Dixon (1:06.3018) and Alex Palou brought up the rear in fourth and completed a Honda 1-4 top spot sweep.
Felix Rosenqvist led the Chevrolet contingent in fifth having recovered from his awkward crash on pit lane in the first practice.
Ed Jones took sixth as Pato O’Ward ended seventh while Will Power led the Team Penske stable in eighth while Conor Daly and Jack Harvey completed the top ten.
The remainder of the Team Penske stable was hindered down the order as Scott McLaughlin was 12th while Josef Newgarden struggled to 14th following his late stall and an early bizarre moment where his steering wheel came detached.
Rossi’s teammate Colton Herta suffered an incident midway through the session as he veered off track and crashed in Turn 2 while leading the session. Sophomore Dalton Kellett brought out the red early with a spin and stall but continued the session otherwise fine.
Jimmie Johnson ended up 24th quickest again but saw his shot of logging a fast lap on reds delayed by the red flags.