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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]
Will Power (left), driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6; and Tony Kanaan (right), driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6; celebrate with Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who raced to victory Sunday, March 29, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power finished second. Kanaan finished third. Chevrolet took the top six places in the first race of the season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, March 29, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, March 29, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, March 29, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power clash in the closing laps of the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal waits on pit lane prior to practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal apexes Turn 1 during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal through the chicane during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal enters Turn 11 during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Saturday, March 28, 2015, winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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