The top two drivers from Friday morning's opening practice session around the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway remained in position during second practice as Tomas Scheckter led Richie Hearn.

Scheckter continued his morning form with a 24.4493secs lap in the #10 G Force-Toyota ahead of Sunday's Delphi Indy 300 and the young South African born driver goes into Saturday's MBNA Pole Qualifying session hot favourite to take top spot.

Hearn also continued to astound the IRL fraternity as he maintained second spot with a best lap of 24.4820secs in the #2 Team Menard Dallara-Chevrolet, one of the IRL's original drivers becoming only the second man to top 223mph during the session.

Team Rahal's Kenny Brack put his Dallara-Honda third on the timesheets with a 24.5524secs best effort, ensuring all three engine manufacturers were represented in the top three.

Andretti-Green Racing's Bryan Herta and Scheckter's TCGR teammate Scott Dixon rounded out the top five with Mo Nunn Racing teammates Felipe Giaffone and Tora Takagi (in a G Force again) sixth and seventh, Red Bull Cheever Racing's Alex Barron eighth, Helio Castroneves ninth and Buddy Lazier a much improved tenth.

Sam Hornish Jr was 12th fastest while Ed Carpenter couldn't quite match his morning session heroics but still managed a more than respectable 15th fastest time in the PDM Racing Dallara-Chevrolet, one place above a disappointed Tony Kanaan.

Things were even less rosy in the Access Motorsports garage after the team revealed that Greg Ray's earlier accident had caused extensive damage to their lone G Force chassis and that they would subsequently have to withdraw from Sunday's race.

 

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