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Sonoma: Practice 2 times

Will Power continued to set the pace at Sonoma, but it was looking a fairly balanced state of affairs between the Penske and Ganassi camps in Saturday morning practice.
Will Power maintained control of the timesheets at Sonoma Raceway as Saturday's action began a one hour morning practice session ahead of this afternoon's main event, the qualifying battle for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix.

Power's time of 1:17.5339s (110.739mph) on the 12-turn, 2.31-mile permanent road course in California was over a second faster than his best showing on Friday, and was 0.4386s faster than Scott Dixon as everyone in the field put in significantly improved times from yesterday.

Overall honours looked fairly even between the Penske and Ganassi camps, with Power's team mates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves ending up third and sixth, and Dixon's cohorts Dario Franchitti and Graham Rahal in fourth and eight respectively. Pushing into the battle at the sharp end of proceedings were Dragon's Sebastien Bourdais in fourth with an impressive lap of 1:18.2520s, and Ryan Hunter-Reay flying the flag for Andretti Autosport with a lap of 1:18.5937s.

There was one stoppage during the hour, when James Hinchcliffe spun in turn 11 a third of the way into the session. The #27 GoDaddy.com car was not damaged in the incident.

Qualifying is scheduled to start at 2.30pm local time, 10.30pm BST and follows the usual format for road course events in the IZOD IndyCar Series, with three rounds culminating in the Firestone Fast Six pole shootout.

Practice 2 times

1. #12 Will Power (C) 110.739mph 1:17.5339s (21 laps)
2. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 110.116mph 1:17.9725s + 0.4386s (23 laps)
3. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) 109.981mph 1:18.0682s + 0.5343s (22 laps)
4. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 109.769mph 1:18.2186s + 0.6847s (19 laps)
5. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 109.722mph 1:18.2520s + 0.7181s (26 laps)
6. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 109.718mph 1:18.2549s + 0.7210s (28 laps)
7. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 109.245mph 1:18.5937s + 1.0598s (24 laps)
8. #38 Graham Rahal (H) 109.144mph 1:18.6666s + 1.1327s (28 laps)
9. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 109.105mph 1:18.6949s + 1.1610s (24 laps)
10. #18 Justin Wilson (H) 109.103mph 1:18.6966s + 1.1627s (20 laps)
11. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 109.089mph 1:18.7066s + 1.1727s (21 laps)
12. #26 Marco Andretti (C) 109.044mph 1:18.7385s + 1.2046s (20 laps)
13. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 109.043mph 1:18.7393s + 1.2054s (26 laps)
14. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 108.943mph 1:18.8115s + 1.2776s (19 laps)
15. #17 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 108.822mph 1:18.8997s + 1.3658s (20 laps)
16. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 108.720mph 1:18.9732s + 1.4393s (20 laps)
17. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) 108.656mph 1:19.0199s + 1.4860s (20 laps)
18. #14 Mike Conway (H) 108.427mph 1:19.1867s + 1.6528s (20 laps)
19. #6 Katherine Legge (C) 108.417mph 1:19.1942s + 1.6603s (26 laps)
20. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 108.351mph 1:19.2427s + 1.7088s (22 laps)
21. #19 James Jakes (H) 108.309mph 1:19.2731s + 1.7392s (27 laps)
22. #5 EJ Viso (C) 108.049mph 1:19.4640s + 1.9301s (10 laps)
23. #15 Takuma Sato (H) 108.030mph 1:19.4777s + 1.9438s (20 laps)
24. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 108.015mph 1:19.4890s + 1.9551s (19 laps)
25. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) 107.672mph 1:19.7419s + 2.2080s (21 laps)
26. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 107.597mph 1:19.7981s + 2.2642s (25 laps)
27. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 107.559mph 1:19.8261s + 2.2922s (25 laps)

Total Laps: 596



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Will Power in action at Infineon Raceway. [Photo credit: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media]
Mikhail Aleshin waits on pitlane prior to practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth enters the hairpin during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates pole position in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Sebastien Bourdais during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads James Hinchcliffe during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway (centre), driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory with champagne Sunday, April 13, 2014 after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finished second. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway enters the fountain turn complex during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway in the fountain turn during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway rolls out for practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway in the hairpin during practice at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchliffe (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on track (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay around the fountain turn during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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