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St Petersburg - Practice 3 times

There was some much-needed good news for the Honda camp in Saturday morning practice, after Takuma Sato topped the times for AJ Foyt Racing.
Takuma Sato set the pace in Saturday morning's practice session, the last opportunity for the drivers to get out on track ahead of this afternoon's qualifying session for the weekend's IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

The AJ Foyt Racing driver's lap of 1:01.5293s (105.316mph) was two tenths faster than that of Penske's Will Power, and was a rare glimmer of hope for the teams running Honda engines after Friday had been dominated by the Chevrolet camp.

A change in the track conditions might have helped, with the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit essentially reset by overnight thunderstorms washing away the rubber than had been laid down by the IndyCars and the support races the day before. More rain is possible for qualifying later today.

The session saw the first red flag stoppage of the weekend 20 minutes into the session when Josef Newgarden and Ana Beatriz both ended up in the turn 8 run-off area. Neither the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car nor the Dale Coyne entry were damaged in the incident.

However, a few minutes after the session resumed EJ Viso's #5 Andretti Autosport-HVM car made emphatic contact with the concrete barrier on the way into turn 10. "We were just starting the day's practice and the front right suspension failed and went straight to the wall," Viso explained. "I believe it is going to be all OK for qualifying. But I had to stop my run because that happened. I am fine."

Practice 3 times

1. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 105.316mph 1:01.5293s (16 laps)
2. #12 Will Power (C) 104.959mph 1:01.7386s + 0.2093s (18 laps)
3. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 104.690mph 1:01.8971s + 0.3678s (18 laps)
4. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 104.670mph 1:01.9087s + 0.3794s (15 laps)
5. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 104.608mph 1:01.9457s + 0.4164s (17 laps)
6. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 104.536mph 1:01.9880s + 0.4587s (14 laps)
7. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 104.481mph 1:02.0207s + 0.4914s (16 laps)
8. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 104.434mph 1:02.0490s + 0.5197s (22 laps)
9. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 104.351mph 1:02.0981s + 0.5688s (19 laps)
10. #78 Simona de Silvestro (C) 104.321mph 1:02.1157s + 0.5864s (14 laps)
11. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 104.310mph 1:02.1223s + 0.5930s (21 laps)
12. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 104.271mph 1:02.1459s + 0.6166s (18 laps)
13. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 104.205mph 1:02.1850s + 0.6557s (21 laps)
14. #16 James Jakes (H) 104.173mph 1:02.2040s + 0.6747s (16 laps)
15. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 104.084mph 1:02.2576s + 0.7283s (18 laps)
16. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 104.079mph 1:02.2606s + 0.7313s (18 laps)
17. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 104.008mph 1:02.3027s + 0.7734s (13 laps)
18. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 103.984mph 1:02.3174s + 0.7881s (20 laps)
19. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 103.880mph 1:02.3795s + 0.8502s (14 laps)
20. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 103.857mph 1:02.3936s + 0.8643s (21 laps)
21. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 103.727mph 1:02.4715s + 0.9422s (17 laps)
22. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 103.623mph 1:02.5344s + 1.0051s (14 laps)
23. #5 EJ Viso (C) 102.695mph 1:03.0992s + 1.5699s (5 laps)
24. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 102.587mph 1:03.1658s + 1.6365s (16 laps)
25. #18 Ana Beatriz (H) 102.342mph 1:03.3169s + 1.7876s (17 laps)

Total Laps: 418



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EJ Viso on the second day of pre-season testing at Barber Motorsport Park. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
Takuma Sato during practice at St Peterburg, Flodica - March 2013, (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Ed Jones - Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Simon Penske - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar media/Bret Kelley]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Joe Skibinski]
Scott Dixon - Target Chip Ganassi Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/JOE SKIBINSKI]
Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Shawn Gritzmacher]
Will Power - Penske  [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Will Power - Penske   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]
Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Racing [credit: Chris Jones]
Carlos Munoz celebrates his first IndyCar pole at Texas Motor Speedway
Spencer Pigot - Ed Carpenter Racing
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske   [image credit: IndyCar Media/Bret Kelley]
Sebastian Bourdais (KVSH Racing) celebrates in Detroit   [image creid: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Sebastian Bourdais - KVSH Racing   [image credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]

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