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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)
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Scott Dixon with a victory kiss from his wife, Emma, following clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his victory in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, his fourth series championship of his career. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Ernie Masche/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, after winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Joining him on the podium is Charlie Kimball, driver of the #83 Novolog Flexpen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 who finished third. Chevrolet won its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon - 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion - Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates with team mates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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