Will Power jumped to the top of the times at the end of the second IndyCar Series Friday practice session in Toronto, pushing him to the top of the charts for Friday and under the qualifying record.
The Penske driver's last-gasp 1m00.558s lap saw him depose Ganassi's Scott Dixon by 0.1075sec - though the Australian suggested that his burst of pace was only due to a late switch to fresh tires.
“"The Verizon car is good, but we are still not quick enough," said Power. “We put tires on there at the end of the second practice and no one else did. We are just a bit off the pace. We still have a few things in mind to improve the car."
Dixon's teammate and championship points leader Dario Franchitti was next up, 0.4s off the pace. Another late improvement saw rookie James Hinchcliffe take fourth place, in a spectacular performance for Newman/Haas on his home track.
Six different teams were represented in the top 10 (separated by less than six-tenths of a second). Tony Kanaan, the runner-up in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on June 25, was fifth quick in the No. 83 GEICO KV Racing Technology-Lotus car. Justin Wilson, the pole sitter last year, was sixth in the No. 22 Z-Line Designs/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car. Oriol Servia, competing for the eighth time in Toronto, was seventh on the chart in the No. 2 Telemundo Newman/Haas Racing car, and Ryan Briscoe was eighth in the No. 6 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske entry.
Helio Castroneves had a quick lap of 1:01.1791 in the No. 3 Penske Truck Rentals car, and Danica Patrick was 10th in the No. 7 Team GoDaddy entry for Andretti Autosport. Paul Tracy of Toronto, returning to Dragon Racing for the first time since the Brazil event in early May, was 17th.