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FRANCHITTI FASTEST IN OPENING FIRESTONE 550 INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE

by TMS Webmaster | Jun 08, 2012

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 8, 2012) – Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing posted the fastest lap during Friday’s opening IZOD IndyCar Series practice for the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Franchitti (No. 10 Energizer Honda) ran a top lap of 214.724 miles per hour among the 41 laps he ran during the 75-minute practice session. Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi racing Honda) gave Target Chip Ganassi a sweep of the two fastest laps as he was second quickest at 214.274 mph.

Honda owned the top four fastest laps as rookie Josef Newgarden (No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) was third at 214.146 mph and defending polesitter Alex Tagliani (No. 98 Team Barracuda –BHA Honda) fourth at 213.965 mph.

Tony Kanaan (No. 11 Mouser Electronics/GEICO KVRT Chevrolet) rounded out the top five as the leading Chevrolet at 213.600 mph.

The IZOD IndyCar Series competitors will begin a one-hour qualifying session at 4 p.m. and then conclude their day’s on-track activities with a final 30-minute practice session beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets for Saturday’s Firestone 550, a 228-lap race that begins at 7:30 p.m. CT, are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

Rank Car Driver Speed
1 10 Dario Franchitti 214.724
2 9 Scott Dixon 214.274
3 67 Josef Newgarden 214.146
4 98 Alex Tagliani 213.965
5 11 Tony Kanaan 213.600
6 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 213.505
7 5 EJ Viso 213.478
8 77 Simon Pagenaud 213.396
9 27 James Hinchcliffe 213.189
10 38 Graham Rahal 213.180
11 2 Ryan Briscoe 213.006
12 14 Mike Conway 212.916
13 20 Ed Carpenter 212.705
14 15 Takuma Sato 212.261
15 83 Charlie Kimball 212.039
16 8 Rubens Barrichello 212.030
17 22 Oriol Servia 212.024
18 12 Will Power 211.974
19 3 Helio Castroneves 211.759
20 4 JR Hildebrand 211.732
21 26 Marco Andretti 211.373
22 18 Justin Wilson 211.075
23 19 James Jakes 209.680
24 6 Katherine Legge 207.487
25 78 Simona de Silvestro 204.032

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