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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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