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St Petersburg - Practice 4 times

Reigning champion Ryan Hunter-Reay led the times at the end of the 30 minute Sunday warm-up session ahead of this afternooon's Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Ryan Hunter-Reay rebounded from a qualifying disappointment to top the times in the Sunday morning warm-up practice session ahead of the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg, the first race of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series.

There was also cautious reason for optimism for the Honda drivers, with two Ganassi drivers - Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon - performing well enough to hold the next two spots on the timing screens, while Panther's JR Hildebrand was also within two tenths of Hunter-Reay's best time.

The session saw a number of of minor incidents during the half-hour running time, with Simona de Silvestro making contact with the rear of James Hinchcliffe's car as they came through the final corner just before the halfway point, and then Sebastian Saavedra breaking the front wing of his Dragon on the back of James Jakes' Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car in the latter half, leaving debris on track for a time.

The weather had seen more wind than previous days and it was already noticeably more humid, with fog and low cloud also a problem at the start of the session. The forecasts show possible rain closing in on the St Petersburg area, although teams are hopeful that the race itself will stay dry.

Practice 4 times

1. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 104.595mph 1:01.9530s (24 laps)
2. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) 104.452mph 1:02.0378s + 0.0848s (23 laps)
3. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 104.294mph 1:02.1318s + 0.1788s (19 laps)
4. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther (C) 104.265mph 1:02.1492s + 0.1962s (23 laps)
5. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) 103.791mph 1:02.4329s + 0.4799s (17 laps)
6. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) 103.747mph 1:02.4595s + 0.5065s (20 laps)
7. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) 103.683mph 1:02.4982s + 0.5452s (23 laps)
8. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H) 103.609mph 1:02.5426s + 0.5896s (23 laps)
9. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) 103.594mph 1:02.5517s + 0.5987s (23 laps)
10. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt (H) 103.571mph 1:02.5660s + 0.613s (19 laps)
11. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon (C) 103.532mph 1:02.5892s + 0.6362s (21 laps)
12. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 103.519mph 1:02.5973s + 0.6443s (22 laps)
13. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 103.457mph 1:02.6347s + 0.6817s (15 laps)
14. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) 103.338mph 1:02.7071s + 0.7541s (17 laps)
15. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) 103.298mph 1:02.7311s + 0.7781s (21 laps)
16. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) 103.206mph 1:02.7869s + 0.8339s (17 laps)
17. #22 Oriol Servià Panther/DRR (C) 103.185mph 1:02.7997s + 0.8467s (19 laps)
18. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 102.916mph 1:02.9637s + 1.0107s (19 laps)
19. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 102.875mph 1:02.9892s + 1.0362s (22 laps)
20. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) 102.791mph 1:03.0404s + 1.0874s (19 laps)
21. #16 James Jakes RLL (H) 102.695mph 1:03.0996s + 1.1466s (20 laps)
22. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 102.586mph 1:03.1665s + 1.2135s (16 laps)
23. #78 Simona de Silvestro KV Racing (C) 102.432mph 1:03.2612s + 1.3082s (24 laps)
24. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter (C) 101.822mph 1:03.6406s + 1.6876s (22 laps)
25. #18 Ana Beatriz Dale Coyne (H) 101.715mph 1:03.7072s + 1.7542s (22 laps)

Total laps: 510
(H) = Honda, (C) = Chevrolet



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Simona de Silvestro during practice at St Peterburg, Flodica - March 2013, (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe during practice at St Petersburg, Florida - March 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay at work during practice at St Petersburg, Florida - March 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
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Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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