Wilson ahead as rain arrives on Saturday
8 August 2009 – Justin Wilson has topped the timesheets in the second and last practice session of the weekend at Lexington. The Dale Coyne driver has moved from second on Friday to the top of the final classification and leads British compatriot Dario Franchitti. Championship leader Ryan Briscoe improves to a top three position as Scott Dixon falls back to seventh.
Having topped the first session, Champion Dixon moves down to the position held by Briscoe on Friday with a best lap almost nine tenths of a second slower than fastest man Wilson, whose time of 1.07.477 is the best of the weekend so far. Behind Franchitti and Briscoe, Graham Rahal is the leading American driver for Newman/Haas/Lanigan with Marco Andretti completing the top five.
The hour-long session was interrupted by rainfall forty minutes in, however, which prevented rivals from challenging Wilson's top time. Raphael Matos wound up sixth for Luczo Dragon, ahead of Dixon, with Helio Castroneves eighth in the second Penske. IndyCar returnee Oriol Servia moves up two spots from his Friday position, to ninth for the Rahal Letterman team, with Ryan Hunter-Reay completing the top ten.
The session was not without its dramas, though, as two former Champions provided the majority of the thrills and spills; Tony Kanaan's Andretti Green car rammed the barriers at the final corner before the rain started whereas Dan Wheldon spun his slick-shod Panther machine on a moist circuit just minutes later. The 2003 and 2005 series winners were not the only men in trouble as Paul Tracy, who is racing this weekend after being called up to replace Mario Moraes, lost the KV Racing with a spin at Turn 5; a repetition of the moment, complete with a stall, put paid to the Canadian's session.