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Baltimore: Practice 1 times

Will Power took first blood at Baltimore with the fastest time in the first practice on Friday morning ahead of EJ Viso and series returnee Oriol Servia.
Penske's Will Power proved to determined to carry on his winning roll from last week in Sonoma by convincingly topping the first practice timesheets in Baltimore on Friday morning.

His time of 1:20.8632s (90.820mph) on the 2.04-mile, 12-turn downtown street course put him over a quarter of a second clear of EJ Viso who placed second in the Team Venezuela-Andretti Autosport-HVM #5 entry.

Oriol Servia, returning to competition in the #4 National Guard Panther Racing car for the rest of the season, was third fastest ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan's Graham Rahal and Ganassi's Scott Dixon.

The session saw two red flag for incidents, the first for Sebastien Bourdais stopping the Dragon Racing #7 at turn 5 just three minutes into the session, and the second for Stefan Wilson coming to a halt in the same runoff shortly before the midpoint of the session. There was a third stoppage to retrieve some debris between turns 4 and 5, and Tony Kanaan was also handed a drive-thru penalty for a pit lane violation.

It was Stefan Wilson's his first outing in the IZOD IndyCar Series as the latest team mate to his brother Justin at Dale Coyne Racing which has seen them dubbed "bromates" for the weekend.

"I described this as being thrown in the deep end without armbands on," said Stefan, who logged the most laps in the first 45 minute practice of the weekend. "After that first session I'd say its more like the ocean without armbands.

"There are so many electronics, he added, saying that he had been calling upon the advice of fellow former Indy Lights alumni such as James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden to help get him up to speed in Baltimore. "You aren't just learning the car but also the electronics."

Practice 1 times

1. #12 Will Power (C) 90.820mph 1:20.8632s (9 laps)
2. #5 EJ Viso (C) 90.526mph 1:21.1256s + 0.2624s (16 laps)
3. #4 Oriol Servia (C) 90.335mph 1:21.2977s + 0.4345s (11 laps)
4. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 90.317mph 1:21.3134s + 0.4502s (13 laps)
5. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 90.305mph 1:21.3247s + 0.4615s (6 laps)
6. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 90.203mph 1:21.4165s + 0.5533s (15 laps)
7. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 90.163mph 1:21.4521s + 0.5889s (10 laps)
8. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 90.152mph 1:21.4625s + 0.5993s (13 laps)
9. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 90.059mph 1:21.5462s + 0.6830s (7 laps)
10. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 90.054mph 1:21.5508s + 0.6876s (14 laps)
11. #16 James Jakes (H) 89.947mph 1:21.6477s + 0.7845s (11 laps)
12. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 89.784mph 1:21.7964s + 0.9332s (11 laps)
13. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 89.779mph 1:21.8010s + 0.9378s (7 laps)
14. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 89.774mph 1:21.8058s + 0.9426s (11 laps)
15. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 89.727mph 1:21.8487s + 0.9855s (16 laps)
16. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 89.696mph 1:21.8769s + 1.0137s (12 laps)
17. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 89.423mph 1:22.1269s + 1.2637s (6 laps)
18. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 89.407mph 1:22.1411s + 1.2779s (10 laps)
19. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 89.372mph 1:22.1730s + 1.3098s (15 laps)
20. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 89.226mph 1:22.3078s + 1.4446s (18 laps)
21. #98 Luca Filippi (H) 88.922mph 1:22.5895s + 1.7263s (14 laps)
22. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 87.973mph 1:23.4799s + 2.6167s (5 laps)
23. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 86.559mph 1:24.8443s + 3.9811s (15 laps)
24. #18 Stefan Wilson (H) 86.117mph 1:25.2797s + 4.4165s (19 laps)

Total Laps: 284



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Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, races to victory Sunday, August 25, 2013 during the Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar race in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates winning the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg with third-place finisher Tony Kanaan (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power (left), driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6; and Tony Kanaan (right), driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6; celebrate with Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who raced to victory Sunday, March 29, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power finished second. Kanaan finished third. Chevrolet took the top six places in the first race of the season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power clash in the closing laps of the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal waits on pit lane prior to practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal apexes Turn 1 during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal through the chicane during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal enters Turn 11 during practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates Saturday, March 28, 2015, after winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Saturday, March 28, 2015, winning the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Power, the defending champion driver of the series, led his Chevrolet Team Penske teammates to a 1-2-3-4 qualifying sweep. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates winning pole position at St Petersburg - Saturday March 28 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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