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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]
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Degree Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, raced to a sixth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sage Karam, driver of the #8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, races to a fifth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to a second-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon climbs into his car on pit road for his qualifying run during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane after qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 3 during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane following practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, Ed Carpenter, and Tony Kanaan go three-wide during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Josef Newgarden, and Sebastien Bourdais mix it up on the frontstretch during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a second-place finish Sunday, June 14, 2015 during the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fillip`s teammate, Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, won the race. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory Sunday, June 14, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, takes the chequered flag Sunday, June 14, 2015 to win the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to victory Sunday, June 14, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series race through the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Newgarden`s teammate, Luca Filippi (rear), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet V-6, finished second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Luca Filippi and Josef Newgarden celebrate with the CFH Racing team after finishing 1-2 in the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden`s car and gloves on Victory Circle after winning the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden celebrates in Victory Circle after winning the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)

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