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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]
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Saturday, August 30, 2014 during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This is the third consecutive win for Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Gregg Ellman/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Team Chevy sweeps the podium as Tony Kanaan (center), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Saturday, August 30, 2014, during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Teammate Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, finishes second, and Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet V6, finishes third. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Gregg EllmanLAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Saturday, August 30, 2014 during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This is the third consecutive win for Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet IndyCar V6, makes a quick pit stop while racing to victory Saturday, August 30, 2014 during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This is the third consecutive win for Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Brian Cleary/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Confetti falls on the podium trio Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter celebrate after the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter celebrate after the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan celebrates with Chip Ganassi after winning the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan takes a selfie with his Target Chip Ganassi Racing crew in Victory Lane following the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Chip Ganassi congratulates Tony Kanaan on winning the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday August 30 2014 (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon spins during practice (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon streaks across the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon crosses the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon leaves pit lane (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon takes the twin chequered flags to win the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)

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