Dixon quickest in final IndyCar practice at Detroit
|By Mark Glendenning||Saturday, June 2nd 2012, 14:12 GMT|
Scott Dixon went quickest in the third IndyCar practice session around the Belle Isle street circuit.
The Ganassi racer took turns with Penske rival Will Power at the top of the timing screens throughout most of the session before finally trumping the Australian with a 1m11.2845s; 0.18 seconds better than Power could manage.
Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay overcame a 60s stop-and-hold penalty for an unsafe pit release to set the third-fastest time.
Hunter-Reay was released from his pitbox into the path of Penske's Ryan Briscoe, causing the pair to bump wheels in pitlane. Neither car came to any harm, and Briscoe went on go fourth-fastest.
The morning got off to a stuttering start with a flurry of three early red flags in quick succession, the first being triggered by Briscoe spinning on his out-lap.
Dreyer & Reinbold's Oriol Servia and last weekend's Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti (Ganassi) were the other two culprits, although only Servia made contact with the wall. The resultant damage prevented the Spaniard from taking any further part in the session.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Scott Dixon Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m11.2845s 2. Will Power Penske DW12-Chevy 1m11.4677s + 0.1832s 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m11.6814s + 0.3969s 4. Ryan Briscoe Penske DW12-Chevy 1m11.8612s + 0.5767s 5. Justin Wilson Dale Coyne DW12-Honda 1m11.9306s + 0.6461s 6. James Hinchcliffe Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m12.0063s + 0.7218s 7. Helio Castroneves Penske DW12-Chevy 1m12.0512s + 0.7667s 8. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon DW12-Chevy 1m12.1891s + 0.9046s 9. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt DW12-Honda 1m12.2126s + 0.9281s 10. Tony Kanaan KV DW12-Chevy 1m12.2654s + 0.9809s 11. JR Hildebrand Panther DW12-Chevy 1m12.2772s + 0.9927s 12. Graham Rahal Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m12.3431s + 1.0586s 13. EJ Viso KV DW12-Chevy 1m12.4503s + 1.1658s 14. Marco Andretti Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m12.5500s + 1.2655s 15. James Jakes Dale Coyne DW12-Honda 1m12.7103s + 1.4258s 16. Dario Franchitti Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m12.7408s + 1.4563s 17. Charlie Kimball Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m12.8934s + 1.6089s 18. Josef Newgarden Fisher DW12-Honda 1m12.8977s + 1.6132s 19. Mike Conway Foyt DW12-Honda 1m13.0949s + 1.8104s 20. Alex Tagliani Herta DW12-Honda 1m13.1531s + 1.8686s 21. Rubens Barrichello KV DW12-Chevy 1m13.4659s + 2.1814s 22. Simona de Silvestro HVM DW12-Lotus 1m13.6068s + 2.3223s 23. Takuma Sato Rahal DW12-Honda 1m13.6104s + 2.3259s 24. Ed Carpenter Carpenter DW12-Chevy 1m15.0455s + 3.7610s 25. Oriol Servia Panther/DRR DW12-Chevy