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Sonoma: Practice 1 times

2011 race winner Will Power was back in charge at Sonoma, recording the fastest lap time of the day in Friday practice ahead of his Penske team mate Ryan Briscoe.
Will Power proved that the latest changes and revisions to Sonoma Raceway weren't keeping him away from the top of the timesheets, after setting the best lap of the day with a time of 1:18.6887s (109.114mph).

That was less than two tenths of a second faster than his Penske team mate Ryan Briscoe on the 12-turn, 2.31-mile permanent road course. Last year, Penske pulled off a 1-2-3 lockout in both qualifying and the race itself, although this year Helio Castroneves opened his account with a somewhat off-the-pace 16th, 1.2733s off Power's best lap.

The only major incident was a red flag for Charlie Kimball running off and hitting the wall at turn 3, which meant that he was sidelined for the remainder of the session and ran only 5 laps after having to miss the previous event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a hand injury.

Practice 1 times

1. #12 Will Power (C) 109.114mph 1m 18.6887s (21 laps)
2. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) 108.851mph 1m 18.8782s + 0.1895s (22 laps)
3. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 108.790mph 1m 18.9228s + 0.2341s (26 laps)
4. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 108.629mph 1m 19.0394s + 0.3507s (18 laps)
5. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) 108.134mph 1m 19.4015s + 0.7128s (25 laps)
6. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 108.113mph 1m 19.4172s + 0.7285s (26 laps)
7. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 108.066mph 1m 19.4518s + 0.7631s (17 laps)
8. #38 Graham Rahal (H) 107.875mph 1m 19.5923s + 0.9036s (25 laps)
9. #26 Marco Andretti (C) 107.828mph 1m 19.6270s + 0.9383s (18 laps)
10. #17 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 107.810mph 1m 19.6402s + 0.9515s (20 laps)
11. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 107.779mph 1m 19.6631s + 0.9744s (22 laps)
12. #18 Justin Wilson (H) 107.751mph 1m 19.6840s + 0.9953s (23 laps)
13. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 107.742mph 1m 19.6903s + 1.0016s (23 laps)
14. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 107.464mph 1m 19.8968s + 1.2081s (16 laps)
15. #19 James Jakes (H) 107.380mph 1m 19.9588s + 1.2701s (24 laps)
16. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 107.376mph 1m 19.9620s + 1.2733s (17 laps)
17. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 107.336mph 1m 19.9917s + 1.3030s (21 laps)
18. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 107.067mph 1m 20.1930s + 1.5043s (22 laps)
19. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 107.049mph 1m 20.2063s + 1.5176s (16 laps)
20. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 106.835mph 1m 20.3667s + 1.6780s (18 laps)
21. #14 Mike Conway (H) 106.729mph 1m 20.4466s + 1.7579s (19 laps)
22. #5 EJ Viso (C) 106.448mph 1m 20.6589s + 1.9702s (18 laps)
23. #15 Takuma Sato (H) 106.144mph 1m 20.8900s + 2.2013s (19 laps)
24. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) 106.081mph 1m 20.9382s + 2.2495s (24 laps)
25. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 105.960mph 1m 21.0304s + 2.3417s (5 laps)
26. #6 Katherine Legge (C) 105.755mph 1m 21.1876s + 2.4989s (23 laps)
27. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 105.462mph 1m 21.4132s + 2.7245s (23 laps)

Total Laps: 551



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Helio Castroneves on track at Long Beach on Saturday April 18 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads teammate Simon Pagenaud on course during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit lane prior to practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves heads down the frontstretch during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - Saturday April 18 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves exits the hairpin turn during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Conor Daly at Long Beach for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Conor Daly at Long Beach for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Conor Daly at Long Beach for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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