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Barber - Practice 3 times

KV Racing's Simona de Silvestro set the pace in the Saturday morning practice session ahead of qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Simona de Silvestro showed just how transformed she has been by her switch to KV Racing Technology, by topping the times of the final practice ahead of qualifying for Sunday's IZOD IndyCar Series race.

The Swiss driver set a time of 1:07.4073s (122.835mph) on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park circuit, over a second faster than the best time of Friday set by Helio Castroneves. In fact only two drivers - Ed Carpenter and Ana Beatriz - did not beat both Castroneves' Friday time as well as the official track record held by Will Power, demonstrating how much faster the running was early on Saturday morning.

There was one red flag stoppage during the session, when Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais spun at turn 3 and stalled, requiring the #7 to be recovered by the safety team. There was no apparent damage to the car from the incident, which happened with just under ten minutes into the half hour session.

AJ Allmendinger continued to stay with the pace of the more experienced cars, finishing the session seventh fastest just ahead of fellow rookie Tristan Vautier. Allmendinger has now been confirmed as adding the April 21 Long Beach event to his IndyCar schedule as he sets his sights on his d├ębut in the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Practice 3 times

1. #78 Simona de Silvestro (C) 122.835mph 1:07.4073s (13 laps)
2. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 122.669mph 1:07.4986s + 0.0913s (14 laps)
3. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 122.604mph 1:07.5343s + 0.1270s (12 laps)
4. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 122.491mph 1:07.5970s + 0.1897s (12 laps)
5. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 122.275mph 1:07.7162s + 0.3089s (10 laps)
6. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 122.216mph 1:07.7491s + 0.3418s (11 laps)
7. #2 AJ Allmendinger (C) 122.209mph 1:07.7526s + 0.3453s (14 laps)
8. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 122.046mph 1:07.8433s + 0.4360s (13 laps)
9. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 122.034mph 1:07.8497s + 0.4424s (16 laps)
10. #12 Will Power (C) 122.029mph 1:07.8529s + 0.4456s (17 laps)
11. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 121.995mph 1:07.8714s + 0.4641s (14 laps)
12. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 121.954mph 1:07.8942s + 0.4869s (8 laps)
13. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 121.828mph 1:07.9645s + 0.5572s (12 laps)
14. #5 EJ Viso (C) 121.785mph 1:07.9889s + 0.5816s (11 laps)
15. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 121.751mph 1:08.0075s + 0.6002s (13 laps)
16. #16 James Jakes (H) 121.719mph 1:08.0254s + 0.6181s (13 laps)
17. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 121.627mph 1:08.0770s + 0.6697s (13 laps)
18. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 121.581mph 1:08.1028s + 0.6955s (14 laps)
19. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 121.580mph 1:08.1033s + 0.6960s (7 laps)
20. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 121.532mph 1:08.1302s + 0.7229s (16 laps)
21. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 121.512mph 1:08.1415s + 0.7342s (10 laps)
22. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 121.456mph 1:08.1731s + 0.7658s (16 laps)
23. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 121.374mph 1:08.2191s + 0.8118s (11 laps)
24. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 121.201mph 1:08.3161s + 0.9088s (17 laps)
25. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 119.614mph 1:09.2225s + 1.8152s (18 laps)
26. #18 Ana Beatriz (H) 118.406mph 1:09.9290s + 2.5217s (18 laps)

Total Laps: 343



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