Matos fastest in afternoon IndyCar practice at Toronto
Raphael Matos set the fastest time on the practice day for the IndyCar Series' Toronto debut – despite ending the afternoon stranded in the middle of the pit straight after crashing at the final corner.
Luczo Dragon's Brazilian rookie spun and tagged the wall with two minutes of afternoon practice to go, ending the session early and cementing his place at the top of the time sheets. Matos had been a leading factor throughout the day, having taken second to Will Power (Penske) in the morning.
Power was third this afternoon, just behind Watkins Glen winner Justin Wilson, who moved back into contention for Dale Coyne Racing after a quiet opening practice session. Robert Doornbos took fourth for Newman/Haas/Lanigan, benefiting from having raced at the track during his Champ Car season.
The often dominant Penske and Ganassi quartet filled fifth to ninth places, ahead of Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green). Penske's Helio Castroneves was one of several drivers to run into trouble in the session, parking early after breaking his suspension against the Turn 5 wall.
Danica Patrick (AGR) had earlier hit trouble at the same place – spinning on the exit of the corner and sliding broadside into the barriers at Turn 6, bending his car's left side suspension and ending her afternoon. Her teammate Marco Andretti had a less-damaging incident, lightly tagging the wall when he spun under braking for Turn 1.
After his top five run in the morning, local hero Paul Tracy had to settle for 13th this time, having had a spin on the exit of Turn 1 along the way.