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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]
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Scott Dixon [credit: IndyCar Series]
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Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to victory at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
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Scott Dixon leads the Indycar field   [pic credit: Indycar media/Bret Kelley]
Scott Dixon - Target Chip Ganassi Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/JOE SKIBINSKI]
Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Shawn Gritzmacher]
Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Racing [credit: Chris Jones]
Max Chilton, Chip Ganassi, [Credit: Max Chilton PR]

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