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Castroneves tops stop-start session

After a quiet and indeed somewhat lacklustre session, Ryan Hunter-Reay succeeded in jumping up to eighth place by the end to put him just in front of his main rival for the IZOD IndyCar Series title, Will Power. It had earlier emerged that Hunter-Reay had been parked in practice 1 by race director Beaux Barfield for the last part of the session, as a result of his on-track tangle with James Jakes in turn 12.

The incident - which saw Hunter-Reay nearly run into Jakes and force the slower car wide, and gesture angrily at Jakes in the process - was the culmination of a sequence of encounters between the two over the previous few minutes, leading to Barfield deeming Hunter-Reay's last actions as unsportsmanlike conduct and ordering the Andretti Autosports #28 to park.

While that was over and done at the finish of practice 1 with no lasting repercussions for the American, Hunter-Reay will still have a ten-place grid penalty for Sunday after having to make an unscheduled engine change following the race in Toronto. Dixon and de Silvestro will also have penalties to serve this week, with both of them now over their limit of five engines for the full season.

Saturday action includes a third one-hour practice session at 9am local time (4pm BST) ahead of qualifying in the afternoon at 1pm (8pm BST). Rain is forecast overnight, raising the prospect of a damp track for some or all of the running, and it's likely that the rubber laid down by the IndyCar and Indy Lights cars on Friday will be washed away and leave the drivers to start from scratch on a green track.

Full practice 2 times are available.




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