Hunter-Reay finishes Friday on top
17 April 2010 – After championship leader Will Power topped the first practice session in Long Beach on Friday, it was Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay who ended the day quickest ahead of the fourth round of the 2010 season this weekend.
Hunter-Reay lies seventh in the standings following the first trio of races but was pleased to lead the way in second practice, courtesy of a best effort of 1:10.634; however, the American driver caused one of four red flag periods during the session due to a spin at the top end of the back straight, resulting in slight damage to his rear wing.
It was a bruising day for the Target Chip Ganassi squad as reining Champion Dario Franchitti hit the same tyre wall as Hunter-Reay, able to rejoin the session thanks to assistance from the marshals, and 2008 title winner Scott Dixon crashed at Turn 1 shortly before the chequered flag flew.
Bertrand Baguette caused the other stoppage although the 2009 World Series by Renault Champion still managed to end Friday 21st for Conquest.