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Motegi - Friday practice

Penske was quickly up to speed on the unfamiliar road course at Motegi, with team mates Will Power and Helio Castroneves topping the timesheets in the Friday afternoon practice session.
Team Penske put in some fast laps at the end of IndyCar's first time out on the unfamiliar 2.983-mile, 14-turn road course at a hot and humid Motegi, to top the Friday practice timesheets ahead of James Hinchcliffe, with Penske's third driver Ryan Briscoe close behind in fourth place.

Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti had topped the times for much of the 75-minute session, but ended seventh ahead of Joao Paulo de Oliveira making his first appearance for Conquest, after many teams opted to switch to a fresh set of tyres for some final flying runs before the chequered flag came out.

Friday practice

1. #12 Will Power 107.955mph 1m 39.4745s after 21 laps
2. #3 Helio Castroneves 107.823mph 1m 39.5965s + 0.1220s after 24 laps
3. #06 James Hinchcliffe 107.546mph 1m 39.8531s + 0.3786s after 22 laps
4. #6 Ryan Briscoe 107.186mph 1m 40.1887s + 0.7142s after 24 laps
5. #26 Marco Andretti 107.111mph 1m 40.2584s + 0.7839s after 16 laps
6. #77 Alex Tagliani 107.104mph 1m 40.2649s + 0.7904s after 17 laps
7. #10 Dario Franchitti 107.055mph 1m 40.3108s + 0.8363s after 18 laps
8. #34 Joao Paulo de Oliveira 107.035mph 1m 40.3299s + 0.8554s after 25 laps
9. #19 Sebastien Bourdais 106.966mph 1m 40.3948s + 0.9203s after 24 laps
10. #5 Takuma Sato 106.914mph 1m 40.4435s + 0.9690s after 25 laps
11. #17 Hideki Mutoh 106.819mph 1m 40.5328s + 1.0583s after 18 laps
12. #4 JR Hildebrand 106.808mph 1m 40.5435s + 1.0690s after 23 laps
13. #18 James Jakes 106.792mph 1m 40.5580s + 1.0835s after 20 laps
14. #82 Tony Kanaan 106.684mph 1m 40.6600s + 1.1855s after 23 laps
15. #9 Scott Dixon 106.623mph 1m 40.7175s + 1.2430s after 18 laps
16. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 106.600mph 1m 40.7389s + 1.2644s after 20 laps
17. #14 Vitor Meira 106.540mph 1m 40.7961s + 1.3216s after 25 laps
18. #59 EJ Viso 106.499mph 1m 40.8351s + 1.3606s after 22 laps
19. #2 Oriol Servia 106.475mph 1m 40.8577s + 1.3832s after 17 laps
20. #83 Charlie Kimball 106.377mph 1m 40.9505s + 1.4760s after 22 laps
21. #22 Giorgio Pantano 106.361mph 1m 40.9659s + 1.4914s after 23 laps
22. #38 Graham Rahal 106.109mph 1m 41.2056s + 1.7311s after 21 laps
23. #27 Mike Conway 106.011mph 1m 41.2987s + 1.8242s after 21 laps
24. #7 Danica Patrick 105.888mph 1m 41.4164s + 1.9419s after 24 laps
25. #78 Simona de Silvestro 105.854mph 1m 41.4495s + 1.9750s after 20 laps
26. #24 Ana Beatriz 105.831mph 1m 41.4711s + 1.9966s after 27 laps

Total Laps: 560



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