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Detroit: Practice 1 times

A single practice session ahead of this weekend's Detroit double-header races was brought to a halt by a parade of red flags ... And some ducks.
With two qualifying sessions and two races to pack into three days at Detroit Belle Isle, there was only time for one practice session on the 2.34-mile, 13-turn street circuit at Belle Isle ahead of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. That made it imperative that the drivers got the most out of the 85-minute session on Friday morning.

Unfortunately that's exactly what they didn't get, with a rapid sequence of red flags for Josef Newgarden stopping with a fuel pressure issue, Ryan Briscoe stalling after a harmless spin at turn 11, Scott Dixon stalling between turns 9 and 10, James Hinchcliffe clipping the turn 1 tyre barrier and James Jakes stalling at the exit of turn 11 together with local waved yellows at turn 7 for AJ Allmendinger pulling off with a flat tyre all contributing to a stop-start session that limited running time.

By far the most entertaining stoppage was the one for safety workers having to take to the track to round up a mother duck and her ducklings who had started waddling down the race line. Judging from the weather forecasts, the ducks could be among the more at-home spectators for at least one of the weekend's two races.

The session - which decides how the cars are split into two groups for Race qualifying on Saturday morning - was eventually paced by Alex Tagliani.

Practice 1 times

1. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 108.171mph 1:18.2096s Leader (23 laps)
2. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 108.023mph 1:18.3168s + 0.1072s (18 laps)
3. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 107.962mph 1:18.3612s + 0.1516s (22 laps)
4. #12 Will Power (C) 107.660mph 1:18.5808s + 0.3712s (25 laps)
5. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 107.660mph 1:18.5810s + 0.3714s (20 laps)
6. #18 Mike Conway (H) 107.454mph 1:18.7316s + 0.5220s (26 laps)
7. #16 James Jakes (H) 107.395mph 1:18.7745s + 0.5649s (26 laps)
8. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 107.296mph 1:18.8473s + 0.6377s (24 laps)
9. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 106.919mph 1:19.1253s + 0.9157s (24 laps)
10. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 106.899mph 1:19.1403s + 0.9307s (25 laps)
11. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 106.823mph 1:19.1965s + 0.9869s (22 laps)
12. #5 EJ Viso (C) 106.712mph 1:19.2790s + 1.0694s (18 laps)
13. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 106.555mph 1:19.3954s + 1.1858s (19 laps)
14. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 106.541mph 1:19.4059s + 1.1963s (20 laps)
15. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 106.306mph 1:19.5819s + 1.3723s (14 laps)
16. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 106.276mph 1:19.6043s + 1.3947s (23 laps)
17. #2 AJ Allmendinger (C) 106.087mph 1:19.7461s + 1.5365s (20 laps)
18. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 106.016mph 1:19.7990s + 1.5894s (22 laps)
19. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 105.925mph 1:19.8679s + 1.6583s (21 laps)
20. #4 Ryan Briscoe (C) 105.879mph 1:19.9024s + 1.6928s (25 laps)
21. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 105.777mph 1:19.9795s + 1.7699s (18 laps)
22. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 105.735mph 1:20.0110s + 1.8014s (19 laps)
23. #55 Tristan Vautier * (H) 104.064mph 1:21.2965s + 3.0869s (13 laps)
24. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 103.219mph 1:21.9619s + 3.7523s (25 laps)
25. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 103.173mph 1:21.9985s + 3.7889s (6 laps)

Total Laps: 518
* Denotes Rookie



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Alex Tagliani watches the on-track action during Friday Practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 20. [Picture credit: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media]
Alex Tagliani on the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe newly installed in the #4 National Guard Panther Racing car for practice in Detroit - Friday, May 31 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Alex Tagliani during practice in Detroit - Friday, May 31 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
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Josef Newgarden in pit lane on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
James Davison on track on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe at IMS (Photo by: Walter Kuhn)
James Hinchcliffe during practice prior to Qualifying for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (Photo by: Leigh Spargur)
James Hinchcliffe at IMS (Photo by: Mike Harding)
James Hinchcliffe at IMS (Photo by: Jim Haines)
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Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies second-fastest Sunday, May 17, 2015, and will start in the middle of the front row for the Verizon IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Power will be joined in the front row by pole sitter Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet  who qualified third for the May 24 race. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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