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Baltimore: Practice 3 times

Ryan Briscoe's time of 1:19.7635s (92.072mph) on a drying 2.04-mile, 13-turn track - complete with its brand new chicane - was just 11 thousandths of a second faster than Mike Conway on Saturday morning.
Penske's Ryan Briscoe led the times after the third one-hour practice for this weekend's Grand Prix of Baltimore, which was held on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying.

As well as the new chicane on the frontstretch that had been built overnight, drivers also had to cope with light rain for most of the session until conditions dried near the end.

There were three stoppages during the session, with Takuma Sato spinning at pit exit at the start, EJ Viso getting into the turn 1 tyres just after the quarter hour mark, and Ryan Hunter-Reay spinning in turn 7 halfway through the session.

JR Hildebrand also battered his car, losing his right front wing in a minor mid-session incident and then doing more significant damage at the end of the hour when he made contact with the wall. "Pretty big hit out of the chicane in final practice, just lost it over curbs and tracks," he posted on Twitter, adding that he was annoyed that "I gave the boys so much work to fix it."

Practice 3 times

1. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) 92.072mph 1:19.7635s (18 laps)
2. #14 Mike Conway (H) 92.071mph 1:19.7646s + 0.0011s (20 laps)
3. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 91.777mph 1:20.0197s + 0.2562s (18 laps)
4. #15 Takuma Sato (H) 91.559mph 1:20.2109s + 0.4474s (15 laps)
5. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 91.495mph 1:20.2666s + 0.5031s (13 laps)
6. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 91.481mph 1:20.2786s + 0.5151s (23 laps)
7. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 91.370mph 1:20.3769s + 0.6134s (16 laps)
8. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 91.351mph 1:20.3935s + 0.6300s (15 laps)
9. #18 Justin Wilson (H) 91.308mph 1:20.4313s + 0.6678s (18 laps)
10. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 91.274mph 1:20.4606s + 0.6971s (10 laps)
11. #19 James Jakes (H) 91.273mph 1:20.4621s + 0.6986s (18 laps)
12. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) 91.088mph 1:20.6252s + 0.8617s (17 laps)
13. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 91.076mph 1:20.6356s + 0.8721s (17 laps)
14. #38 Graham Rahal (H) 91.052mph 1:20.6572s + 0.8937s (9 laps)
15. #12 Will Power (C) 91.013mph 1:20.6916s + 0.9281s (14 laps)
16. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 90.653mph 1:21.0125s + 1.2490s (9 laps)
17. #26 Marco Andretti (C) 90.641mph 1:21.0232s + 1.2597s (21 laps)
18. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 90.436mph 1:21.2063s + 1.4428s (13 laps)
19. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 90.425mph 1:21.2168s + 1.4533s (22 laps)
20. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) 90.296mph 1:21.3321s + 1.5686s (21 laps)
21. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 89.743mph 1:21.8335s + 2.0700s (10 laps)
22. #67 Bruno Junqueira (H) 89.675mph 1:21.8953s + 2.1318s (19 laps)
23. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 88.889mph 1:22.6200s + 2.8565s (8 laps)
24. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 88.724mph 1:22.7740s + 3.0105s (7 laps)

Total Laps: 371



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Ryan Briscoe in action on the streets of Baltimore. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: IndyCar media/Chris Jones]
Juan Pablo Montoya navigates the Turns 11-12 chicane during the 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Oriol Servia in his pit stand following practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Takuma Sato poses for a photograph during the autograph session in the St. Petersburg Fan Village (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Takuma Sato on course during qualifications for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on course during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power waits in his pit stand prior to practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg -- Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media
Will Power on course during practice for the 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on course during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The #12 Chevrolet of Will Power against the backstretch wall following contact during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Friday March 11. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Friday March 11. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in first practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in first practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in first practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power apexes the Turn 9/9A chicane during the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon navigates the Turn 9/9A chicane during the final practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)

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