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Sao Paulo - Saturday practice 1

A last minute flier from Will Power reclaimed the top spot for Penske ahead of the Ganassi duo of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon on the drying streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Track action for the Sao Paulo Indy 300 got away early on Saturday morning in Brazil, with an hour-long practice session on a drying track after rain on Friday.

Ganassi's Dario Franchitti thought he might have stolen the session with a late lap of 1:22.3953s to put him ahead of long time leaders Will Power and Scott Dixon, but a final push by Power took the top spot by a slender 0.0078s even though it appeared that Honda's turbocharger updates had put them back on an even footing with the previously dominant Chevrolets. That was backed up by Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden pushing their way into the top five ahead of Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Dale Coyne Racing's Justin Wilson led the first half hour of the session reserved for rookies and those outside the championship top ten, but he was eventually outshone by his less experienced team mate James Jakes who claimed a very creditable tenth place by the time the chequered flag came out.

Practice 1 times

1. #12 Will Power (C) 110.813mph 1m 22.3875s (21 laps)
2. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 110.802mph 1m 22.3953s + 0.0078s (19 laps)
3. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 110.279mph 1m 22.7862s + 0.3987s (12 laps)
4. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 110.236mph 1m 22.8190s + 0.4315s (25 laps)
5. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 110.158mph 1m 22.8774s + 0.4899s (20 laps)
6. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 109.944mph 1m 23.0390s + 0.6515s (19 laps)
7. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 109.938mph 1m 23.0434s + 0.6559s (15 laps)
8. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 109.865mph 1m 23.0985s + 0.7110s (20 laps)
9. #26 Marco Andretti (C) 109.809mph 1m 23.1406s + 0.7531s (20 laps)
10. #19 James Jakes (H) 109.776mph 1m 23.1655s + 0.7780s (25 laps)
11. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 109.726mph 1m 23.2038s + 0.8163s (18 laps)
12. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) 109.614mph 1m 23.2890s + 0.9015s (26 laps)
13. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 109.559mph 1m 23.3308s + 0.9433s (21 laps)
14. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) 109.514mph 1m 23.3647s + 0.9772s (16 laps)
15. #18 Justin Wilson (H) 109.511mph 1m 23.3666s + 0.9791s (16 laps)
16. #5 EJ Viso (C) 109.123mph 1m 23.6634s + 1.2759s (21 laps)
17. #14 Mike Conway (H) 109.075mph 1m 23.6999s + 1.3124s (19 laps)
18. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 109.008mph 1m 23.7520s + 1.3645s (23 laps)
19. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (L) 108.629mph 1m 24.0442s + 1.6567s (18 laps)
20. #15 Takuma Sato (H) 108.486mph 1m 24.1547s + 1.7672s (19 laps)
21. #25 Ana Beatriz (C) 108.471mph 1m 24.1665s + 1.7790s (30 laps)
22. #38 Graham Rahal (H) 107.962mph 1m 24.5634s + 2.1759s (4 laps)
23. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) 107.811mph 1m 24.6815s + 2.2940s (19 laps)
24. #22 Oriol Servia (L) 107.598mph 1m 24.8492s + 2.4617s (16 laps)
25. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 107.282mph 1m 25.0994s + 2.7119s (27 laps)
26. #6 Katherine Legge (L) 106.093mph 1m 26.0529s + 3.6654s (19 laps)

Total Laps: 508
(C) = Chevrolet, (H) = Honda, (L) = Lotus

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