Hunter-Reay Tops Friday

Ryan Hunter-Reay remains one of the drivers to beat when the IZOD IndyCar Series visits a temporary street circuit.

The Andretti Autosport driver, who won the last time the series visited a street course -- at Long Beach in mid-April -- raced to the top of the time chart with a lap of 1:02.1433 (101.668 mph) late in the second practice session as IZOD IndyCar Series teams opened preparations for the Honda Indy Toronto on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn circuit at Toronto's Exhibition Place.

"It was a good day and it's good to be back in Toronto," Hunter-Reay said. "I love this place and it is great to see the fans turn out here in Toronto on Friday. The last street course we were on was Long Beach and the car was good. This is our first street course since then and our car is still good. Tomorrow is a new day. Most teams took new tires at the end of that session and so did we. We will see where we stack up, but I think we will definitely be top five tomorrow. I am pleased with how we started our weekend."

It's another tightly packed field as the top 13 cars were separated by less than a second.

Justin Wilson, driving the No. 22 Z-Line Designs car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, was second quick (1:02.1839; 101.602).

"It (car) works really well and feels really good, but obviously we have plenty of room to improve," Wilson said. "We have one area that we need to change, but hopefully after making those improvements tonight we'll be able to go a little faster tomorrow."

Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 Team Penske car was third (1:02.2550; 101.486).

"We changed some things on the car from last year and it (car) responded much better," Castroneves said. "We had two good practices but tomorrow is the real deal. We'll keep working hard and see what happens tomorrow in qualifying."

Qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto will take place on Saturday from 12:50 - 2:20 p.m. ET.

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