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Alabama - Practice 1 & 2 times

8 April 2011

There was no stopping Penske's Will Power at Barber Motorsports Park, as he laid down unbeatable times in both the morning and afternoon practice sessions ahead of Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

His margin over Dario Franchitto was 0.65s in the morning, while Franchitti's team mate Scott Dixon pushed Power closer in the afternoon and reduced the gap to under 0.2s. Franchitti dropped back to fourth, meaning that the Penske and Ganassi cars were perfectly mingled in the top five positions in the afternoon.

The margin in the morning was partly down to good timing - Power ran just five laps before it started to rain in the final 15 minutes of the session, which enabled him to set a benchmark time that others couldn't top once the track got damp.

There were drier conditions once again in the afternoon session, which saw a number of incidents including a spectacular spin for Ryan Briscoe that he managed to escape without hitting anything; and a heavy crash for EJ Viso (of course) 15 minutes before the end.

The sessions also saw the appearances of James Hinchcliffe newly signed at Newman/Haas alongside Oriol Servia, and Simon Pagenaud subbing for the injured Ana Beatriz (who watched on from pit lane) in the Dreyer & Reinbold. The team's other driver, Justin Wilson, was able to take part in both sessions despite sporting a brace on his left hand because of wrist injuries sustained at St petersburg in a collision with Danica Patrick.

"My injury is not as bad as breaking a scaphoid, which is what Bia has done," Wilson said. "I've done that and that hurts. This, so far ... I haven't taken a single pain killer. It's not as painful unless you irritate it, knock it. I had a carbon brace made to try to support it, stop me from flexing my wrist." However, Barber is a tough, physical track and Wilson admitted "It's going to be hard work ... You have to shuffle your hands to get through the hairpin. With no thumb, I have to get that timing just right. That's going to be tricky."

Qualifying takes place on Saturday. Once again, the format will be in three parts gradually eliminating drivers until the Firestone Fast Six shootout decides the top half dozen positions.

Practice 1

1. #12 Will Power 113.814mph 1m 12.7502s after 5 laps
2. #10 Dario Franchitti 112.795mph 1m 13.4078s + 0.6576s after 6 laps
3. #6 Ryan Briscoe 112.650mph 1m 13.5017s + 0.7515s after 18 laps
4. #9 Scott Dixon 112.430mph 1m 13.6461s + 0.8959s after 14 laps
5. #27 Mike Conway 112.228mph 1m 13.7786s + 1.0284s after 14 laps
6. #3 Helio Castroneves 112.202mph 1m 13.7958s + 1.0456s after 19 laps
7. #5 Takuma Sato 112.172mph 1m 13.8155s + 1.0653s after 7 laps
8. #22 Justin Wilson 112.018mph 1m 13.9165s + 1.1663s after 5 laps
9. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 111.872mph 1m 14.0133s + 1.2631s after 12 laps
10. #83 Charlie Kimball 111.587mph 1m 14.2019s + 1.4517s after 20 laps
11. #06 James Hinchcliffe 111.539mph 1m 14.2344s + 1.4842s after 17 laps
12. #82 Tony Kanaan 111.535mph 1m 14.2371s + 1.4869s after 5 laps
13. #26 Marco Andretti 111.510mph 1m 14.2532s + 1.5030s after 13 laps
14. #77 Alex Tagliani 111.348mph 1m 14.3615s + 1.6113s after 5 laps
15. #7 Danica Patrick 111.314mph 1m 14.3840s + 1.6338s after 15 laps
16. #14 Vitor Meira 111.297mph 1m 14.3955s + 1.6453s after 7 laps
17. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 111.244mph 1m 14.4307s + 1.6805s after 20 laps
18. #59 EJ Viso 111.148mph 1m 14.4955s + 1.7453s after 11 laps
19. #38 Graham Rahal 110.913mph 1m 14.6531s + 1.9029s after 18 laps
20. #2 Oriol Servia 110.872mph 1m 14.6808s + 1.9306s after 6 laps
21. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 110.700mph 1m 14.7969s + 2.0467s after 13 laps
22. #78 Simona de Silvestro 110.586mph 1m 14.8736s + 2.1234s after 7 laps
23. #4 JR Hildebrand 110.514mph 1m 14.9225s + 2.1723s after 17 laps
24. #18 James Jakes 110.290mph 1m 15.0750s + 2.3248s after 18 laps
25. #24 Simon Pagenaud 109.968mph 1m 15.2944s + 2.5442s after 24 laps
26. #17 Raphael Matos 109.966mph 1m 15.2960s + 2.5458s after 5 laps

Practice 2

1. #12 Will Power 113.679mph 1m 12.8364s after 18 laps
2. #9 Scott Dixon 113.382mph 1m 13.0272s + 0.1908s after 15 laps
3. #6 Ryan Briscoe 113.245mph 1m 13.1156s + 0.2792s after 18 laps
4. #10 Dario Franchitti 113.052mph 1m 13.2408s + 0.4044s after 18 laps
5. #3 Helio Castroneves 113.031mph 1m 13.2544s + 0.4180s after 12 laps
6. #38 Graham Rahal 112.963mph 1m 13.2984s + 0.4620s after 19 laps
7. #2 Oriol Servia 112.890mph 1m 13.3460s + 0.5096s after 17 laps
8. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 112.846mph 1m 13.3743s + 0.5379s after 17 laps
9. #06 James Hinchcliffe 112.770mph 1m 13.4241s + 0.5877s after 20 laps
10. #5 Takuma Sato 112.734mph 1m 13.4474s + 0.6110s after 19 laps
11. #22 Justin Wilson 112.420mph 1m 13.6526s + 0.8162s after 15 laps
12. #59 EJ Viso 112.244mph 1m 13.7680s + 0.9316s after 11 laps
13. #7 Danica Patrick 112.207mph 1m 13.7922s + 0.9558s after 20 laps
14. #77 Alex Tagliani 112.026mph 1m 13.9114s + 1.0750s after 17 laps
15. #14 Vitor Meira 111.971mph 1m 13.9474s + 1.1110s after 19 laps
16. #78 Simona de Silvestro 111.874mph 1m 14.0117s + 1.1753s after 20 laps
17. #26 Marco Andretti 111.818mph 1m 14.0490s + 1.2126s after 14 laps
18. #17 Raphael Matos 111.808mph 1m 14.0557s + 1.2193s after 17 laps
19. #18 James Jakes 111.765mph 1m 14.0840s + 1.2476s after 17 laps
20. #27 Mike Conway 111.463mph 1m 14.2846s + 1.4482s after 12 laps
21. #83 Charlie Kimball 111.452mph 1m 14.2918s + 1.4554s after 16 laps
22. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 111.306mph 1m 14.3892s + 1.5528s after 19 laps
23. #24 Simon Pagenaud 111.227mph 1m 14.4426s + 1.6062s after 22 laps
24. #4 JR Hildebrand 111.119mph 1m 14.5149s + 1.6785s after 21 laps
25. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 111.035mph 1m 14.5710s + 1.7346s after 18 laps
26. #82 Tony Kanaan 110.969mph 1m 14.6156s + 1.7792s after 10 laps

Combined practice times (after practice 2)

1. #12 Will Power 113.814mph 1m 12.7502s Practice 1 after 23 laps
2. #9 Scott Dixon 113.382mph 1m 13.0272s Practice 2 after 29 laps
3. #6 Ryan Briscoe 113.245mph 1m 13.1156s Practice 2 after 36 laps
4. #10 Dario Franchitti 113.052mph 1m 13.2408s Practice 2 after 24 laps
5. #3 Helio Castroneves 113.031mph 1m 13.2544s Practice 2 after 31 laps
6. #38 Graham Rahal 112.963mph 1m 13.2984s Practice 2 after 37 laps
7. #2 Oriol Servia 112.890mph 1m 13.3460s Practice 2 after 23 laps
8. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 112.846mph 1m 13.3743s Practice 2 after 29 laps
9. #06 James Hinchcliffe 112.770mph 1m 13.4241s Practice 2 after 37 laps
10. #5 Takuma Sato 112.734mph 1m 13.4474s Practice 2 after 26 laps
11. #22 Justin Wilson 112.420mph 1m 13.6526s Practice 2 after 20 laps
12. #59 EJ Viso 112.244mph 1m 13.7680s Practice 2 after 22 laps
13. #27 Mike Conway 112.228mph 1m 13.7786s Practice 1 after 26 laps
14. #7 Danica Patrick 112.207mph 1m 13.7922s Practice 2 after 35 laps
15. #77 Alex Tagliani 112.026mph 1m 13.9114s Practice 2 after 22 laps
16. #14 Vitor Meira 111.971mph 1m 13.9474s Practice 2 after 26 laps
17. #78 Simona de Silvestro 111.874mph 1m 14.0117s Practice 2 after 27 laps
18. #26 Marco Andretti 111.818mph 1m 14.0490s Practice 2 after 27 laps
19. #17 Raphael Matos 111.808mph 1m 14.0557s Practice 2 after 22 laps
20. #18 James Jakes 111.765mph 1m 14.0840s Practice 2 after 35 laps
21. #83 Charlie Kimball 111.587mph 1m 14.2019s Practice 1 after 36 laps
22. #82 Tony Kanaan 111.535mph 1m 14.2371s Practice 1 after 15 laps
23. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 111.306mph 1m 14.3892s Practice 2 after 32 laps
24. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 111.244mph 1m 14.4307s Practice 1 after 38 laps
25. #24 Simon Pagenaud 111.227mph 1m 14.4426s Practice 2 after 46 laps
26. #4 JR Hildebrand 111.119mph 1m 14.5149s Practice 2 after 38 laps



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