Rahal, Power set pace in afternoon practice at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Road America has a special affinity for Graham Rahal.

The driver of the No. 15 Gehl/D-A Lubricant Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing showed it today by leading practice for the KOHLER Grand Prix in Indy car racing’s return to the fabled road course for the first time since 2007. Rahal set the fastest time around the 4.014-mile circuit of 1 minute, 43.0224 seconds (140.265 mph) in the second of two practice sessions on the day.

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“The car feels decent,” said Rahal, who finished third at Road America when driving as an Indy car rookie for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing in the Champ Car World Series in 2007. “I’ve got a little work to do, everybody does. As you can see, it’s pretty tough out there right now, pretty slippery, different types of rubber being laid down. It’s tricky.”

Will Power was second fastest in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet with a lap of 1:43.1608 (140.076 mph) also clocked in the afternoon. Championship leader Simon Pagenaud was third overall with a lap of 1:43.4804 (139.644 mph) completed in the first session of the day. The top 17 drivers in the 22-entry field were separated by less than a second on the combined session chart.

“You see a lot of people making mistakes and pushing the limits,” said Power, whose best finish in two Road America races was 13th in 2006. “These cars are crazy fast in the corners now, the Carousel. Almost makes you wonder if you could be flat around there. I enjoy this track a lot.”

For Rahal, Road America holds a special sentiment. Growing up, he watched his father, three-time Indy car champion Bobby, race Indy cars at the circuit. Graham’s grandfather also competed in sports cars at the Wisconsin circuit.

“This place is pretty cool for the Rahal family,” Graham said. “It’s funny. Yesterday, I went out on the scooter, cruised around for a little bit. It brought back so many old memories. It’s a special place for us, without a doubt.”

Max Chilton was the fastest rookie, eighth overall at 1:43.7964 (139.219 mph).

“The testing day we had here went really well,” said Chilton. “It gave me the confidence coming in here today. This morning, I made a few mistakes so that’s why we were at the bottom, but I knew if I put it right we’d be at the front, and we were P6 (in the afternoon session), so that’s a good place to end up.”

Drivers will have a third practice at Road America at noon ET Saturday ahead of Verizon P1 Award qualifying at 4 p.m. ET. Both sessions will stream live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com, with a delayed telecast of qualifying on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Coverage of Sunday's 50-lap KOHLER Grand Prix will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Practice 2 results are below:

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

15

Rahal, Graham

D/H/H/F

01:43.0224

140.265

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11

19

2

12

Power, Will

D/C/C/F

01:43.1608

140.076

0.1384

0.1384

10

15

3

10

Kanaan, Tony

D/C/C/F

01:43.7031

139.344

0.6807

0.5423

9

12

4

2

Montoya, Juan Pablo

D/C/C/F

01:43.7427

139.291

0.7203

0.0396

13

14

5

26

Munoz, Carlos

D/H/H/F

01:43.7699

139.254

0.7475

0.0272

13

15

6

8

Chilton, Max (R)

D/C/C/F

01:43.7964

139.219

0.7740

0.0265

11

16

7

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/C/F

01:43.8137

139.196

0.7913

0.0173

14

18

8

9

Dixon, Scott

D/C/C/F

01:43.8423

139.157

0.8199

0.0286

10

12

9

28

Hunter-Reay, Ryan

D/H/H/F

01:43.8425

139.157

0.8201

0.0002

3

10

10

98

Rossi, Alexander (R)

D/H/H/F

01:43.8530

139.143

0.8306

0.0105

2

15

11

14

Sato, Takuma

D/H/H/F

01:43.8702

139.120

0.8478

0.0172

15

17

12

27

Andretti, Marco

D/H/H/F

01:43.8885

139.095

0.8661

0.0183

10

14

13

21

Newgarden, Josef

D/C/C/F

01:43.8937

139.088

0.8713

0.0052

8

15

14

11

Bourdais, Sebastien

D/C/C/F

01:43.9059

139.072

0.8835

0.0122

9

14

15

22

Pagenaud, Simon

D/C/C/F

01:43.9625

138.996

0.9401

0.0566

19

21

16

41

Hawksworth, Jack

D/H/H/F

01:43.9679

138.989

0.9455

0.0054

16

18

17

18

Daly, Conor (R)

D/H/H/F

01:44.0070

138.937

0.9846

0.0391

14

16

18

5

Hinchcliffe, James

D/H/H/F

01:44.0419

138.890

1.0195

0.0349

11

15

19

7

Aleshin, Mikhail

D/H/H/F

01:44.1000

138.813

1.0776

0.0581

10

18

20

19

Chaves, Gabby

D/H/H/F

01:44.2901

138.560

1.2677

0.1901

14

17

21

83

Kimball, Charlie

D/C/C/F

01:44.4625

138.331

1.4401

0.1724

7

15

22

20

Pigot, Spencer (R)

D/C/C/F

01:44.9342

137.709

1.9118

0.4717

11

17

(R) Rookie (C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)ire: F=Firestone

Total Laps: 343

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