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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



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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]
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate with champagne following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden crosses the finish line to win the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden in action in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate in Victory Circle following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden celebrates in victory lane after winning the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Scott Dixon celebrate in Victory Circle following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal,and Scott Dixon hoist their trophies following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal,and Scott Dixon hoist their trophies following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Coke Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a third place finish Sunday, April 25, 2015 during the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 25, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. This is Newgarden`s first victory in the IndyCar series. (Photo by Gregg Ellman/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 25, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. This is Newgarden`s first victory in the IndyCar series. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, races to victory Sunday, April 25, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. This is Newgarden`s first victory in the IndyCar series. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden celebrates his victory in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday April 26 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on course during qualifications for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon with his Coca-Cola Chevrolet following practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon waits on pit lane prior to practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday April 25 2015. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)

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