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Sebring - Test times - March 8

Ganassi's Scott Dixon proved fastest on the first day of testing for the second group of IndyCars - and the only man to dip under 52s so far all week.
Ganassi driver Scott Dixon put in the fastest laps seen so far at this week's pre-season IndyCar open test at Sebring International Raceway, his morning time of 51.7932s (116.077mph) over eight tenths of a second faster than the best of the rest.

He was under the 52s mark again in the afternoon with a slightly slower lap of 51.9674s (115.688mph) and his team mate Dario Franchitti was within two seconds of his benchmark time after spending much of the morning waiting for his car to be fitted with Dallara's right-foot braking package.

Rubens Barrichello was impressive in his first IndyCar open test for KV Racing Technology since announcing his full season deal to race in the series in 2012, ending up third fastest just behind the Ganassi duo.

There was good news, too, for Lotus Dragon Racing which finally got out on track in the afternoon with Katherine Legge putting an an impressive 66 laps before the end of the first of the group's two days on the track.

Thursday morning practice

1. #9 Scott Dixon Honda 116.077mph 51.7932s (24 laps)
2. #14 Mike Conway Honda 114.275mph 52.6101s + 0.8169s (42 laps)
3. #38 Graham Rahal Honda 114.135mph 52.6745s + 0.8813s (43 laps)
4. #15 Takuma Sato Honda 114.108mph 52.6871s + 0.8939s (34 laps)
5. #4 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet 113.703mph 52.8745s + 1.0813s (36 laps)
6. #8 Rubens Barrichello Chevrolet 113.694mph 52.8789s + 1.0857s (16 laps)
7. #83 Charlie Kimball Honda 112.763mph 53.3153s + 1.5221s (43 laps)
8. #5 EJ Viso Chevrolet 112.391mph 53.4920s + 1.6988s (13 laps)
9. #10 Dario Franchitti Honda 112.302mph 53.5343s + 1.7411s (5 laps)
10. #11 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 112.113mph 53.6243s + 1.8311s (16 laps)
11. #22 Oriol Servia Lotus 111.143mph 54.0925s + 2.2993s (43 laps)
12. #98 Alex Tagiliani Lotus 110.487mph 54.4135s + 2.6203s (37 laps)
13. #27 Ana Beatriz Chevrolet 110.389mph 54.4621s + 2.6689s (45 laps)
14. #20 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 103.507mph 58.0828s + 6.2896s (10 laps)
15. #67 Josef Newgarden Honda Transponder failure - no lap times

Total Laps: 409

Thursday afternoon practice

1. #9 Scott Dixon Honda 115.688mph 51.9674s (29 laps)
2. #10 Dario Franchitti Honda 115.305mph 52.1401s + 0.1727s (32 laps)
3. #8 Rubens Barrichello Chevrolet 115.122mph 52.2228s + 0.2554s (59 laps)
4. #14 Mike Conway Honda 115.122mph 52.2230s + 0.2556s (56 laps)
5. #15 Takuma Sato Honda 114.709mph 52.4111s + 0.4437s (50 laps)
6. #38 Graham Rahal Honda 114.524mph 52.4956s + 0.5282s (38 laps)
7. #5 EJ Viso Chevrolet 114.228mph 52.6317s + 0.6643s (50 laps)
8. #4 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet 114.108mph 52.6868s + 0.7194s (47 laps)
9. #83 Charlie Kimball Honda 113.576mph 52.9339s + 0.9665s (30 laps)
10. #11 Tony Kanaan Chevrolet 113.005mph 53.2012s + 1.2338s (49 laps)
11. #67 Josef Newgarden Honda 113.005mph 53.2013s + 1.2339s (41 laps)
12. #22 Oriol Servia Lotus 112.694mph 53.3479s + 1.3805s (52 laps)
13. #27 Ana Beatriz Chevrolet 111.029mph 54.1478s + 2.1804s (41 laps)
14. #6 Katherine Legge Lotus 110.126mph 54.5918s + 2.6244s (66 laps)
15. #20 Ed Carpenter Chevrolet 110.011mph 54.6490s + 2.6816s (39 laps)
16. #98 Alex Tagliani Lotus 107.210mph 56.0766s + 4.1092s (1 laps)

Total Laps: 680



Related Pictures

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Scott Dixon watching the action on Pole Day for the 2011 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 21. [Picture credit:  for IndyCar Media]
Ganassi team mates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti talk during qualifying at Kentucky Speedway [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Mike Conway after making contact with the tyres in Race 1. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on course during practice for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden on course during practice for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway on course during practice for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Johnny Rutherford speaks with official pace car driver Dario Franchitti (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates his win (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter collision (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter collision (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon`s wrecked car (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon competing in the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition (Photo by: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
The finish of the Indy Lights Freedom 100 (Photo by: Mike Harding for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden on track (Photo by: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan, Justin Wilson, Will Power, Scott Dixon (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Kurt Busch`s car after his accident (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)
The aftermath of Kurt Busch`s wreck (Photo by: Mike Young for IndyCar Media)

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