Will Power set the pace in the first and only practice session on Friday ahead of qualifying for the MAVTV 500 IZOD IndyCar season finale at the two-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Power's time of 32.5955s (220.889mph) was 0.1620s faster than Tony Kanaan, with Power's two Penske team mates AJ Allmendinger and Helio Castroneves also in the all-Chevrolet top five at the end of the 90 minute session.

The fastest Honda runner was Castroneves' sole remaining rival for the 2013 IndyCar championship, Ganassi's Scott Dixon, who finished practice in sixth place less than a tenth off the time set by the Brazilian.

The session saw two major incidents, when both Pippa Mann (returning to the cockpit of the Dale Coyne Racing #18) and Takuma Sato (in the #14 AJ Foyt Racing car) both hit the wall at turn 4 and did significant damage to their primary race cars. There were also brief yellows for Josef Newgarden and Sebastien Bourdais slowing on track.

EJ Viso is missing from Fontana this weekend and will be replaced by Carlos Munoz for the race. The Andretti Autosport team said that this was due to illness, although reports from his native Venezuela hinted that crucial sponsorship money might have been delayed and forced him to drop out of the last race of 2013.

Qualifying takes the form of single-car speed trials from 10.15pm BST. The race itself takes place under the floodlights on Saturday night.

Practice 1 times

1. #12 Will Power (C) 220.889mph 32.5955s after 39 laps
2. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 219.797mph 32.7575s + 0.1620s after 36 laps
3. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 219.479mph 32.8049s + 0.2094s after 38 laps
4. #2 AJ Allmendinger (C) 219.045mph 32.8700s + 0.2745s after 52 laps
5. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 218.601mph 32.9367s + 0.3412s after 42 laps
6. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 218.495mph 32.9527s + 0.3572s after 49 laps
7. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 218.483mph 32.9545s + 0.3590s after 45 laps
8. #4 Oriol Servia (C) 218.426mph 32.9631s + 0.3676s after 39 laps
9. #16 James Jakes (H) 217.931mph 33.0380s + 0.4425s after 42 laps
10. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 217.786mph 33.0600s + 0.4645s after 36 laps
11. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 217.623mph 33.0848s + 0.4893s after 35 laps
12. #10 Alex Tagliani (H) 217.496mph 33.1041s + 0.5086s after 53 laps
13. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 217.335mph 33.1286s + 0.5331s after 47 laps
14. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 217.176mph 33.1528s + 0.5573s after 36 laps
15. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 217.079mph 33.1677s + 0.5722s after 47 laps
16. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 216.749mph 33.2182s + 0.6227s after 42 laps
17. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 216.402mph 33.2714s + 0.6759s after 40 laps
18. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 215.905mph 33.3480s + 0.7525s after 55 laps
19. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 215.875mph 33.3526s + 0.7571s after 49 laps
20. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 215.867mph 33.3538s + 0.7583s after 53 laps
21. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 215.859mph 33.3551s + 0.7596s after 44 laps
22. #18 Pippa Mann (H) 215.318mph 33.4389s + 0.8434s after 7 laps
23. #98 JR Hildebrand (H) 215.204mph 33.4566s + 0.8611s after 21 laps
24. #5 Carlos Munoz (C) 214.854mph 33.5112s + 0.9157s after 34 laps
25. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 214.225mph 33.6096s + 1.0141s after 46 laps

Total Laps: 1027