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IndyCar rookie driver Tristan Vautier set the fastest time in the first practice session at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday afternoon.
After a strong d├ębut in the IZOD indyCar Series in the season opener at St Petersburg a fortnight ago, Schmidt-Peterson's Tristan Vautier confirmed that it had been no fluke by topping the times in the first practice session for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

The Frenchman set a time of 1:09.0120s on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park and was 0.0526s faster than Ganassi's Scott Dixon. However, Vautier was also the cause of the sole red flag of the one-hour session when he ran off into the sand with five minutes remaining.

"We didn't damage the car or anything, but they didn't put me back on track, they parked me behind the barriers," he said. "It's my mistake in the end, even if it's frustrating that I couldn't get back in the end. My mistake, but we had good speed before that and the car felt good, so it's tough."

The reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was third fastest for Andretti Autosport ahead of Charlie Kimball, Will Power and Dario Franchitti. In his first outing in the IndyCar Series, AJ Allmendinger finished with the ninth fastest time less than four tenths off Vautier's benchmark. In all, the top 22 cars were covered by less than a second, and the spread of Honda and Chevrolet-powered cars was remarkably even compared with the early Chevy domination at St Pete.

The slowest time of the first session was that of Ana Beatriz, whose place in the Dale Coyne Racing seat has been confirmed through to Indianapolis after Stefan Wilson was unable to clinch the deal that would have seen him move up from Firestone Indy Lights to race the 2013 road and street course events alongside his older brother Justin.

Practice 1 times

1. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 119.979mph 1:09.0120s (16 laps)
2. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 119.888mph 1:09.0646s + 0.0526s (11 laps)
3. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 119.668mph 1:09.1917s + 0.1797s (21 laps)
4. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 119.515mph 1:09.2798s + 0.2678s (19 laps)
5. #12 Will Power (C) 119.514mph 1:09.2806s + 0.2686s (23 laps)
6. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 119.501mph 1:09.2883s + 0.2763s (26 laps)
7. #78 Simona de Silvestro (C) 119.412mph 1:09.3396s + 0.3276s (10 laps)
8. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 119.404mph 1:09.3443s + 0.3323s (20 laps)
9. #2 AJ Allmendinger (C) 119.339mph 1:09.3822s + 0.3702s (22 laps)
10. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 119.267mph 1:09.4241s + 0.4121s (14 laps)
11. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 119.230mph 1:09.4456s + 0.4336s (21 laps)
12. #16 James Jakes (H) 119.221mph 1:09.4509s + 0.4389s (17 laps)
13. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 119.169mph 1:09.4812s + 0.4692s (16 laps)
14. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 119.148mph 1:09.4933s + 0.4813s (9 laps)
15. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 119.101mph 1:09.5206s + 0.5086s (7 laps)
16. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 118.845mph 1:09.6703s + 0.6583s (21 laps)
17. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 118.796mph 1:09.6993s + 0.6873s (9 laps)
18. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 118.739mph 1:09.7329s + 0.7209s (21 laps)
19. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 118.647mph 1:09.7870s + 0.7750s (15 laps)
20. #5 EJ Viso (C) 118.631mph 1:09.7962s + 0.7842s (9 laps)
21. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 118.584mph 1:09.8239s + 0.8119s (13 laps)
22. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 118.454mph 1:09.9008s + 0.8888s (13 laps)
23. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 118.184mph 1:10.0602s + 1.0482s (21 laps)
24. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 118.113mph 1:10.1026s + 1.0906s (20 laps)
25. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 116.605mph 1:11.0089s + 1.9969s (24 laps)
26. #18 Ana Beatriz (H) 114.623mph 1:12.2367s + 3.2247s (24 laps)

Total Laps: 442



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Tristan Vautier (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tristan Vautier at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Tristan Vautier at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tristan Vautier sparks a red flag at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V-6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium as Juan Pablo Montoya (l to r), driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar; Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Verizon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V-6 and Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6, celebrate Saturday, April 18, 2015 after finishing third, first and second in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 pumps his fist as he crosses the finish line, winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon lead the field into Turn 1 during the start of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 3 during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon navigates the fountain turn complex during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies in Victory Lane for Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates in Victory Lane following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon drinks the champagne following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon drinks the champagne following his win in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on track at Long Beach on Saturday April 18 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads teammate Simon Pagenaud on course during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)

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