IndyCar »

Plowman fastest in St Pete Lights practice

Briton Martin Plowman posts quickest time on opening day of 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season.
Second year Firestone Indy Lights driver Martin Plowman was the man to beat on the opening day of the 2010 season, claiming top spot in practice on the streets of St Petersburg.

The Briton, now with AFS/Andretti Autosport, turned in a lap of 1min 08.1958secs to edge out fellow returnee James Hinchcliffe, but admitted that there was still a lot of work to do to turn the weekend into a triumph.

"It is great to get this season off to a start, and to be position one in practice is great," he noted, "They don't give points or a trophy for practice, but it is a nice confidence booster to know we had a fast car.

"I am not completely happy with the car the way it is. It is good, but we need some more things to get the pole on Saturday. I feel confident that it is going to be a great weekend."

Hinchcliffe, meanwhile, is also in new colours this season, having joined Team Moore Racing, and was delighted to have made a strong start to the campaign.

"I think we had a really solid race car," the Canadian claimed, "We rolled of the trailer with something decent and picked away at it. Every change we made, we were able to find a gain. From our point of view, it gave us the confidence to keep on the set-up track that we have been on. Not only fast, but the car was consistent at the end there. I am really proud of the team and the guys, and I am looking forward to tomorrow now."

Stefan Wilson was third fastest for Bryan Herta Autosport on a good day for the Britons - his brother was also third fastest in IndyCar practice - while Charlie Kimball (AFS/Andretti) and Gustavo Yacaman (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) rounded out the top five. Frenchman JK Vernay was the leading rookie, translating his first extended run in the #7 Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry into sixth spot.

Pre-season tip Sebastian Saavedra (Bryan Herta Autosport), late signing Jonathan Summerton (Walker Racing) and Sam Schmidt team-mates Pippa Mann and Philip Major rounded out the top ten, ahead of former Champ Car podium finisher Jan Heylen.

A further 45-minute practice session on Saturday morning precedes qualifying later in the day.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Martin Plowman - Panther Racing   [pic credit: IRL/Snoddy]
Mikhail Aleshin waits on pitlane prior to practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz waits on pit lane in Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The crew of Mikhail Aleshin go to work in the pits (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Huertas (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth enters the hairpin during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Huertas waits on pitlane prior to the start (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz with a champagne surprise (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrating his victory (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway in action in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway poses for pictures after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway poses for pictures after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.