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Nashville IndyCar: McLaughlin leads Penske 1-2-3 used 2

There is something of a false begin to second practice when Rinus VeeKay were able to understeer right into a wall, offering the red flag. Thankfully, the Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet needed just a new nosewing.

Immediately after the session restarted, Graham Rahal did exactly the same along with his Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda, up at Turn 6, and Colton Herta locked the rears of the Andretti Herta Autosport-Honda under braking for Turn 9 and slid in to the run-off. Thankfully, neither Rahal nor Herta needed help go back to the pits therefore didnt draw out a red flag.

With around 30 minutes remaining, it had been a Team Penske-Chevrolet 1-2-3, Scott McLaughlins 1min16.2966sec heading Josef Newgarden and can Power, but Felix Rosenqvist in the Arrow McLaren SP-Chevy slotted into second, albeit 0.3633sec behind McLaughlin.

Reigning Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood was around fifth for AJ Foyt Racing-Chevy, before being displaced by the resurgent Rahal.

Romain Grosjean shaved McLaughlins time by way of a handful of hundredths of another to move around the very best of the days for Andretti Autosport, while Rahal further improved to take third.

Strapping on the new blacks, STENGTH went fastest because the first driver in the session to duck in to the 75sec mark and further improved to 1min15.8415sec. Rosenqvist, who was simply second fastest yesterday, moved around second, 0.183sec adrift, while Scott Dixons Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda was an additional handful of tenths down.

Rookies Christian Lundgaard of RLL and David Malukas of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD-Honda, who finished first and third in Fridays session, shone again by getting into the very best five, behind last years polesitter, Colton Herta, but all were demoted by Josef Newgarden sending his Penske to the very best, 0.086 faster than Power, but moments later teammate McLaughlin went quickest by almost three-tenths, setting a 1min15.4609sec.

Alexander Rossi, who lost considerable time yesterday to a brake issue, moved around fourth before Kirkwood.

In the ultimate 5 minutes, Rosenqvist and Andretti Autosports Devlin DeFrancesco made heavy, car-damaging wall contact, and Pato OWard slid long in to the Turn 9 runoff, but all returned to the pits unassisted.

Paretta Autosports Simona De Silvestro looked spectacular in her third outing of the entire year, just 0.4sec behind her technical teammates at ECR, VeeKay and Conor Daly, even though trio finished the session beyond your Top 20.

Qualifying begins at 3.30pm local (Central) time.

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