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.
The Penske of Ryan Briscoe was the closest challenger on the timesheets, just 64 thousandths of a second slower, as Tony Kanaan ensured that two Andretti cars finished in the top three. Alex Tagliani continued to impress for the rookie Fazzt team, ending the afternoon ahead of Power.
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.