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Andretti tops second 'qualifying' practice

A big surprise of the session was the form of Takuma Sato, last year's pole sitter, who was struggling to find any pace during the session and spent most of the 45 minutes a second off the top time. He improved on his very last run to just outside half a second of Marco's target time but that was still mired back in 24th place just ahead of HVM's Simona de Silvestro.

But that incident-free 45 minute session still does not finalise any grid position just yet, only which heat they will now take place in. Despite his untouchable time in both practice sessions, Marco Andretti could still end up lining up in eighth place on the grid, while Sato could yet boost himself up to tenth plac eon the grid should bhe win the first of the evening's heats.

Regardless of where they qualify in the heat races, Ganassi's Graham Rahal now joins KV Racing Technology duo Tony Kanaan and EJ Viso in having to serve ten-place starting grid penalties for engine changes.

Each heat race on Friday evening will consist of 30 laps; at the qualifying speeds of around 17.5s per lap, that means that each heat could be complete in under ten minutes if there are no cautions.

Heat 1
Will set positions 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 on the grid.

1. Graham Rahal
2. Josef Newgarden
3. EJ Viso
4. JR Hildebrand
5. Oriol Servia
6. Mike Conway
7. Ed Carpenter
8. Takuma Sato

Heat 2
Will set positions 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25 on the grid.

1. Rubens Barrichello
2. Alex Tagliani
3. Justin Wilson
4. Tony Kanaan
5. James Jakes
6. Charlie Kimball
7. Simon Pagenaud
8. Katherine Legge
9. Simona de Silvestro

Heat 3
Will set positions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 on the grid.

1. Marco Andretti
2. Dario Franchitti
3. Helio Castroneves
4. Will Power
5. Ryan Briscoe
6. James Hinchcliffe
7. Ryan Hunter-Reay
8. Scott Dixon

Full practice 2 times and positions available.




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