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Pocono: Open test times 1

Marco Andretti topped the morning test times at Pocono Raceway as IndyCar officially returned to the tri-oval for the first time in 24 years.
Chevrolet cars were once again in the ascendency at an oval venue with all six top spots locked up by the bow tie brigade as the teams and drivers started their official open day of testing at the unique Pocono Raceway 2.5-mile trioval, the 'Tricky Triangle' last visited by the open wheel series back in 1989.

With the day proving sunny, breezy and moderately humid, the start of the morning session was nonetheless delayed awaiting the arrival of the safety helicopter but once underway proceeded without significant incident to the noon day break. Marco Andretti ended up with the fastest time of the morning, his lap of 41.0431s (219.282mph) easily eclipsing the official Indy record for Pocono of 211.715mph by Emerson Fittipaldi 24 years ago.

Justin Wilson caused the only non-inspection yellow when he came to a stop at the end of pit road shortly after testing started. Pippa Mann - Wilson's team mate at Dale Coyne Racing for the weekend - finished slowest in the session 1.3460s off Andretti's time as she eased herself back into the #18 after having only been confirmed in the seat late on Wednesday. Even so, she was still easily under Fittipaldi's long-standing record for the venue.

Open test times 1

1. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti (C) 219.282mph 41.0431s (34 laps)
2. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske (C) 218.716mph 41.1492s + 0.1061s (42 laps)
3. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (C) 218.128mph 41.2601s + 0.2170s (35 laps)
4. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing (C) 217.918mph 41.2999s + 0.2568s (35 laps)
5. #12 Will Power Penske (C) 217.782mph 41.3257s + 0.2826s (47 laps)
6. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti (C) 217.746mph 41.3325s + 0.2894s (47 laps)
7. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi (H) 217.519mph 41.3757s + 0.3326s (51 laps)
8. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA (H) 217.500mph 41.3794s + 0.3363s (64 laps)
9. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt (H) 217.189mph 41.4386s + 0.3955s (44 laps)
10. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter (C) 216.938mph 41.4865s + 0.4434s (53 laps)
11. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (H) 216.560mph 41.5590s + 0.5159s (65 laps)
12. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR (H) 216.429mph 41.5840s + 0.5409s (30 laps)
13. #16 James Jakes RLL (H) 216.250mph 41.6185s + 0.5754s (40 laps)
14. #78 Simona De Silvestro KV Racing (C) 215.824mph 41.7007s + 0.6576s (39 laps)
15. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (H) 215.685mph 41.7275s + 0.6844s (28 laps)
16. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM (C) 215.552mph 41.7532s + 0.7101s (54 laps)
17. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt (H) 215.431mph 41.7768s + 0.7337s (72 laps)
18. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt (H) 215.028mph 41.8551s + 0.8120s (46 laps)
19. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne (H) 214.830mph 41.8935s + 0.8504s (53 laps)
20. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon (C) 214.803mph 41.8989s + 0.8558s (63 laps)
21. #4 Ryan Briscoe Panther (C) 214.669mph 41.9250s + 0.8819s (34 laps)
22. #15 Graham Rahal RLL (H) 214.518mph 41.9546s + 0.9115s (57 laps)
23. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon (C) 213.540mph 42.1467s + 1.1036s (60 laps)
24. #18 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne (H) 212.319mph 42.3891s + 1.3460s (41 laps)

Total laps: 1134



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Marco Andretti at the Pocono Open Test - July 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media.)
Marco Andretti at the Pocono Open Test - July 4, 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media.)
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Joe Skibinski]
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]
Btyan Clauson tribute at Pocono   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Chris Owens]
Justin Wilson tribute at Pocono   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Mikhail Aleshin - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Chris Owens]
Mikhail Aleshin - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
Mikhail Aleshin - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports   [pic credit: Indycar Media/Chris Jones]
Firestone tyres during Indianapolis test   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Carlos Munoz celebrates his first IndyCar pole at Texas Motor Speedway
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport [credit: Walter Kuhn]
Marco Andretti - Andretti Autosport [credit: Chris Owens]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske Chevrolet [credit: IndyCar/Bret Kelly]
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske Chevrolet [credit: IndyCar/Bret Kelly]

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