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New Hampshire - Thursday Practice 1

Dario Franchitti topped the timesheets in the first of two extended practice sessions on Thursday, with Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan also quickly getting to grips with the one mile oval.
Championship leader Dario Franchitti led the timesheets at the end of the first practice session at the one mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday afternoon's MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225.

Franchitti's time of 21.7419s was 0.1897s ahead of early leader Marco Andretti, with KV Racing Technology duo Tony Kanaan and Takuma Sato continuing their strong run of recent performances in third and fourth.

Franchitti's main title rival Will Power was only 12th place in the two and a half hour long session and the last of the Penske runners as he struggled to get the hang of the oval circuit, despite running over twice as many laps as Franchitti. Tomas Scheckter, substituting for the injured Wilson in the Dreyer and Reinbold #22, was 16th fastest on his return to the series.

It's IndyCar's first visit to the circuit, which is a regular staple for NASCAR Sprint Cup. The speedway was previously used by the Champ Cars series from 1992-1995 (with winners including Bobby Rahal, Al Unser Jr and Nigel Mansell) and from 1996-1998 by the Indy Racing League (the last winner being Tony Stewart before his switch to stock cars.)

Practice 1 times

1. #10 Dario Franchitti 169.718mph 21.7419s after 21 laps
2. #26 Marco Andretti 168.250mph 21.9316s + 0.1897s after 38 laps
3. #82 Tony Kanaan 167.869mph 21.9814s + 0.2395s after 16 laps
4. #5 Takuma Sato 166.917mph 22.1068s + 0.3649s after 39 laps
5. #9 Scott Dixon 166.269mph 22.1930s + 0.4511s after 48 laps
6. #38 Graham Rahal 166.215mph 22.2002s + 0.4583s after 43 laps
7. #6 Ryan Briscoe 166.144mph 22.2096s + 0.4677s after 85 laps
8. #2 Oriol Servia 165.848mph 22.2493s + 0.5074s after 50 laps
9. #3 Helio Castroneves 164.926mph 22.3737s + 0.6318s after 84 laps
10. #7 Danica Patrick 164.669mph 22.4086s + 0.6667s after 64 laps
11. #06 James Hinchcliffe 164.410mph 22.4439s + 0.7020s after 45 laps
12. #12 Will Power 164.324mph 22.4557s + 0.7138s after 49 laps
13. #4 JR Hildebrand 163.728mph 22.5374s + 0.7955s after 56 laps
14. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 163.209mph 22.6090s + 0.8671s after 48 laps
15. #83 Charlie Kimball 162.862mph 22.6572s + 0.9153s after 65 laps
16. #22 Tomas Scheckter 162.750mph 22.6728s + 0.9309s after 65 laps
17. #27 Mike Conway 162.456mph 22.7138s + 0.9719s after 61 laps
18. #59 EJ Viso 161.892mph 22.7930s + 1.0511s after 69 laps
19. #19 Alex Lloyd 161.758mph 22.8119s + 1.0700s after 67 laps
20. #77 Alex Tagliani 160.830mph 22.9435s + 1.2016s after 57 laps
21. #18 James Jakes 159.953mph 23.0693s + 1.3274s after 84 laps
22. #14 Vitor Meira 159.172mph 23.1825s + 1.4406s after 48 laps
23. #30 Pippa Mann 158.749mph 23.2442s + 1.5023s after 60 laps
24. #67 Ed Carpenter 157.506mph 23.4277s + 1.6858s after 78 laps
25. #24 Ana Beatriz 157.023mph 23.4998s + 1.7579s after 60 laps
26. #78 Simona de Silvestro 156.641mph 23.5570s + 1.8151s after 78 laps
27. #34 Sebastian Saavedra 148.658mph 24.8220s + 3.0801s after 33 laps

Total Laps: 1511



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Marco Andretti on track during IndyCar`s first visit to the one mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway oval. [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
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Ed Carpenter on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Sunday May 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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Scott Dixon waiting on pit lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Friday May 15 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden exits his pit box at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Friday May 15 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan in Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice on Friday May 15 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)

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