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Firestone Twin 275s - Qualifying & practice

Alex Tagliani put Sam Schmidt Motorsports back on pole position again just two weeks after the Indy 500, heading off Ganassi's Dario Franchitti and Penske's Will Power for the top spot.
Alex Tagliani claimed his second consecutive pole position, following up his Indy 500 success by similarly claiming the top spot at Texas Motor Speedway for the Firestone Twin 275s on Saturday evening.

Dario Franchitti will start alongside him, while Will Power is forced off the front row to line up alongside Takuma Sato from the second row of the grid.

James Jakes set no time during qualifying, and but should still start the first race from the back row.

Qualifying times

Alex Tagliani put in his two qualifying laps in 24.3530s and 24.3304s on the 1.5 mile oval track of Texas Motor Speedway to record an average speed of 215.186mph in his qualifying run.

1. #77 Alex Tagliani 215.186mph 48.6834s Pole
2. #10 Dario Franchitti 214.801mph 48.7708s + 0.0874s
3. #12 Will Power 214.716mph 48.7901s + 0.1067s
4. #5 Takuma Sato 214.470mph 48.8461s + 0.1627s
5. #67 Ed Carpenter 214.373mph 48.8681s + 0.1847s
6. #82 Tony Kanaan 214.252mph 48.8957s + 0.2123s
7. #9 Scott Dixon 214.021mph 48.9484s + 0.2650s
8. #99 Wade Cunningham 214.013mph 48.9504s + 0.2670s
9. #6 Ryan Briscoe 213.891mph 48.9782s + 0.2948s
10. #7 Danica Patrick 213.850mph 48.9877s + 0.3043s
11. #4 JR Hildebrand 213.458mph 49.0776s + 0.3942s
12. #14 Vitor Meira 213.429mph 49.0843s + 0.4009s
13. #3 Helio Castroneves 213.232mph 49.1296s + 0.4462s
14. #2 Oriol Servia 213.023mph 49.1777s + 0.4943s
15. #06 James Hinchcliffe 212.970mph 49.1901s + 0.5067s
16. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 212.938mph 49.1974s + 0.5140s
17. #83 Charlie Kimball 212.797mph 49.2301s + 0.5467s
18. #11 Davey Hamilton 212.555mph 49.2860s + 0.6026s
19. #59 EJ Viso 212.494mph 49.3002s + 0.6168s
20. #38 Graham Rahal 212.404mph 49.3211s + 0.6377s
21. #8 Paul Tracy 212.305mph 49.3441s + 0.6607s
22. #27 Mike Conway 212.260mph 49.3546s + 0.6712s
23. #26 Marco Andretti 212.223mph 49.3631s + 0.6797s
24. #24 Ana Beatriz 212.221mph 49.3637s + 0.6803s
25. #19 Alex Lloyd 212.091mph 49.3940s + 0.7106s
26. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 212.033mph 49.4075s + 0.7241s
27. #22 Justin Wilson 211.762mph 49.4707s + 0.7873s
28. #88 Jay Howard 211.691mph 49.4872s + 0.8038s
29. #78 Simona de Silvestro 210.855mph 49.6835s + 1.0001s
30. #18 James Jakes No Time DNQ

Friday Practice 1 times

Will Power perked up after a disappointing Indy 500 to resume his earlier domination of the IndyCar season by topping the first practice session in Texas, seeing off a strong late challenge from Penske team mate Ryan Briscoe for the top time.

The 75 minute session saw only one yellow flag, for a routine track inspection.

1. #12 Will Power 214.977mph 24.3654s after 50 laps
2. #6 Ryan Briscoe 214.836mph 24.3814s + 0.0160s after 53 laps
3. #19 Alex Lloyd 214.326mph 24.4394s + 0.0740s after 32 laps
4. #4 JR Hildebrand 214.309mph 24.4413s + 0.0759s after 47 laps
5. #10 Dario Franchitti 214.025mph 24.4738s + 0.1084s after 50 laps
6. #67 Ed Carpenter 214.008mph 24.4757s + 0.1103s after 49 laps
7. #77 Alex Tagliani 213.997mph 24.4770s + 0.1116s after 47 laps
8. #82 Tony Kanaan 213.683mph 24.5129s + 0.1475s after 68 laps
9. #3 Helio Castroneves 213.655mph 24.5162s + 0.1508s after 61 laps
10. #22 Justin Wilson 213.479mph 24.5364s + 0.1710s after 62 laps
11. #5 Takuma Sato 213.423mph 24.5428s + 0.1774s after 53 laps
12. #38 Graham Rahal 213.281mph 24.5591s + 0.1937s after 56 laps
13. #9 Scott Dixon 213.190mph 24.5696s + 0.2042s after 36 laps
14. #7 Danica Patrick 213.054mph 24.5853s + 0.2199s after 38 laps
15. #78 Simona de Silvestro 212.914mph 24.6015s + 0.2361s after 42 laps
16. #26 Marco Andretti 212.810mph 24.6135s + 0.2481s after 57 laps
17. #11 Davey Hamilton 212.766mph 24.6186s + 0.2532s after 54 laps
18. #24 Ana Beatriz 212.731mph 24.6226s + 0.2572s after 50 laps
19. #83 Charlie Kimball 212.693mph 24.6270s + 0.2616s after 58 laps
20. #99 Wade Cunningham 212.666mph 24.6302s + 0.2648s after 60 laps
21. #14 Vitor Meira 212.507mph 24.6486s + 0.2832s after 61 laps
22. #2 Oriol Servia 212.470mph 24.6529s + 0.2875s after 47 laps
23. #06 James Hinchcliffe 212.367mph 24.6648s + 0.2994s after 60 laps
24. #59 EJ Viso 212.067mph 24.6997s + 0.3343s after 40 laps
25. #18 James Jakes 211.914mph 24.7176s + 0.3522s after 54 laps
26. #27 Mike Conway 211.877mph 24.7219s + 0.3565s after 40 laps
27. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 211.867mph 24.7230s + 0.3576s after 30 laps
28. #88 Jay Howard 211.724mph 24.7398s + 0.3744s after 57 laps
29. #8 Paul Tracy 211.506mph 24.7653s + 0.3999s after 43 laps
30. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 210.137mph 24.9266s + 0.5612s after 61 laps

Total Laps: 1516

Friday Practice 2 times

Ryan Briscoe topped a final half hour evening practice session at Texas Motor Speedway held after qualifying, with Takuma Sato continuing to impress - following up fourth spot on the starting grid with second spot in the final practice timesheets.

1. #6 Ryan Briscoe 214.373mph 24.4341s after 28 laps
2. #5 Takuma Sato 213.898mph 24.4883s + 0.0542s after 35 laps
3. #4 JR Hildebrand 213.820mph 24.4972s + 0.0631s after 33 laps
4. #12 Will Power 213.764mph 24.5037s + 0.0696s after 34 laps
5. #06 James Hinchcliffe 213.686mph 24.5126s + 0.0785s after 40 laps
6. #82 Tony Kanaan 213.670mph 24.5144s + 0.0803s after 34 laps
7. #59 EJ Viso 213.388mph 24.5468s + 0.1127s after 35 laps
8. #9 Scott Dixon 213.362mph 24.5498s + 0.1157s after 44 laps
9. #10 Dario Franchitti 213.256mph 24.5620s + 0.1279s after 39 laps
10. #8 Paul Tracy 212.924mph 24.6003s + 0.1662s after 30 laps
11. #22 Justin Wilson 212.881mph 24.6053s + 0.1712s after 29 laps
12. #26 Marco Andretti 212.876mph 24.6059s + 0.1718s after 39 laps
13. #83 Charlie Kimball 212.865mph 24.6072s + 0.1731s after 34 laps
14. #3 Helio Castroneves 212.644mph 24.6327s + 0.1986s after 42 laps
15. #67 Ed Carpenter 212.642mph 24.6330s + 0.1989s after 43 laps
16. #99 Wade Cunningham 212.281mph 24.6748s + 0.2407s after 26 laps
17. #24 Ana Beatriz 212.221mph 24.6818s + 0.2477s after 33 laps
18. #14 Vitor Meira 212.211mph 24.6830s + 0.2489s after 38 laps
19. #77 Alex Tagliani 212.112mph 24.6945s + 0.2604s after 37 laps
20. #7 Danica Patrick 212.073mph 24.6991s + 0.2650s after 33 laps
21. #2 Oriol Servia 212.066mph 24.6999s + 0.2658s after 32 laps
22. #11 Davey Hamilton 211.884mph 24.7211s + 0.2870s after 27 laps
23. #19 Alex Lloyd 211.866mph 24.7232s + 0.2891s after 34 laps
24. #18 James Jakes 211.849mph 24.7252s + 0.2911s after 36 laps
25. #27 Mike Conway 211.642mph 24.7493s + 0.3152s after 30 laps
26. #88 Jay Howard 211.534mph 24.7620s + 0.3279s after 34 laps
27. #78 Simona de Silvestro 211.506mph 24.7652s + 0.3311s after 16 laps
28. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 211.412mph 24.7763s + 0.3422s after 26 laps
29. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 211.314mph 24.7878s + 0.3537s after 28 laps
30. #38 Graham Rahal 210.696mph 24.8605s + 0.4264s after 29 laps

Total Laps: 998

Friday Practice - Combined times

1. #12 Will Power 214.977mph 24.3654s Practice 1 after 84 laps
2. #6 Ryan Briscoe 214.836mph 24.3814s Practice 1 after 81 laps
3. #19 Alex Lloyd 214.326mph 24.4394s Practice 1 after 66 laps
4. #4 JR Hildebrand 214.309mph 24.4413s Practice 1 after 80 laps
5. #10 Dario Franchitti 214.025mph 24.4738s Practice 1 after 89 laps
6. #67 Ed Carpenter 214.008mph 24.4757s Practice 1 after 92 laps
7. #77 Alex Tagliani 213.997mph 24.4770s Practice 1 after 84 laps
8. #5 Takuma Sato 213.898mph 24.4883s Practice 2 after 88 laps
9. #06 James Hinchcliffe 213.686mph 24.5126s Practice 2 after 100 laps
10. #82 Tony Kanaan 213.683mph 24.5129s Practice 1 after 102 laps
11. #3 Helio Castroneves 213.655mph 24.5162s Practice 1 after 103 laps
12. #22 Justin Wilson 213.479mph 24.5364s Practice 1 after 91 laps
13. #59 EJ Viso 213.388mph 24.5468s Practice 2 after 75 laps
14. #9 Scott Dixon 213.362mph 24.5498s Practice 2 after 80 laps
15. #38 Graham Rahal 213.281mph 24.5591s Practice 1 after 85 laps
16. #7 Danica Patrick 213.054mph 24.5853s Practice 1 after 71 laps
17. #8 Paul Tracy 212.924mph 24.6003s Practice 2 after 73 laps
18. #78 Simona de Silvestro 212.914mph 24.6015s Practice 1 after 58 laps
19. #26 Marco Andretti 212.876mph 24.6059s Practice 2 after 96 laps
20. #83 Charlie Kimball 212.865mph 24.6072s Practice 2 after 92 laps
21. #11 Davey Hamilton 212.766mph 24.6186s Practice 1 after 81 laps
22. #24 Ana Beatriz 212.731mph 24.6226s Practice 1 after 83 laps
23. #99 Wade Cunningham 212.666mph 24.6302s Practice 1 after 86 laps
24. #14 Vitor Meira 212.507mph 24.6486s Practice 1 after 99 laps
25. #2 Oriol Servia 212.470mph 24.6529s Practice 1 after 79 laps
26. #18 James Jakes 211.914mph 24.7176s Practice 1 after 90 laps
27. #27 Mike Conway 211.877mph 24.7219s Practice 1 after 70 laps
28. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 211.867mph 24.7230s Practice 1 after 56 laps
29. #88 Jay Howard 211.724mph 24.7398s Practice 1 after 91 laps
30. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 211.314mph 24.7878s Practice 2 after 89 laps

Total Laps for Combined Sessions: 2514



Related Pictures

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Alex Tagliani in the #77 Sam Schmidt Motorsports comes back into the pits during practice and qualifying for the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway - June 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
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Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Incident between Mikhail Aleshin and Takuma Sato bring out the first yellow flag of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new ride (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay with the winner`s trophy (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
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Ryan Hunter-Reay sits in his car during a rain delay at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe on course during practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)

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