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Franchitti continues to set pace on opening day of IndyCar's race in Toronto

Dario FranchittiDario Franchitti continued to set the pace on the opening day of practice for this weekend's IndyCar race in Toronto, the Scot backing up his fastest time in the morning by again going quickest in the second session.

Franchitti delivered a best time of 1m00.2786s to put himself ahead of Schmidt Hamilton's Simon Pagenaud by 0.1 seconds, although the Ganassi driver was forced to sit out the closing minutes after glancing the barriers.

Team-mate Scott Dixon was third fastest ahead of Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing), who ended his session in the Turn 8 barriers for the second time today.

The Briton crashed while trying to avoid Alex Tagliani's spun car in the morning, however no other cars appeared to be involved in his second accident. Wilson was unhurt.

Penske's Ryan Briscoe was fifth-fastest and quickest of the Chevrolet-powered drivers, with team-mates Helio Castroneves and Will Power just below him on the timing screens.

As was the case in the first session, running time was interrupted by a handful of red flags, with accidents or mechanical problems sidelining Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman), Graham Rahal (Ganassi) and James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport).

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                Time        Gap
 1.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi DW12-Honda      1m00.2786s
 2.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt DW12-Honda      1m00.3904s  + 0.1118s
 3.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi DW12-Honda      1m00.5423s  + 0.2637s
 4.  Justin Wilson        Coyne DW12-Honda        1m00.6485s  + 0.3699s
 5.  Ryan Briscoe         Penske DW12-Chevy       1m00.6936s  + 0.4150s
 6.  Helio Castroneves    Penske DW12-Chevy       1m00.7017s  + 0.4231s
 7.  Will Power           Penske DW12-Chevy       1m00.7817s  + 0.5031s
 8.  Mike Conway          Foyt DW12-Honda         1m00.8381s  + 0.5595s
 9.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti DW12-Chevy     1m00.8760s  + 0.5974s
10.  Takuma Sato          Rahal DW12-Honda        1m00.8783s  + 0.5997s
11.  Alex Tagliani        Herta DW12-Honda        1m00.9297s  + 0.6511s
12.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi DW12-Honda      1m00.9382s  + 0.6596s
13.  Tony Kanaan          KV DW12-Chevy           1m00.9972s  + 0.7186s
14.  James Jakes          Coyne DW12-Honda        1m01.0277s  + 0.7491s
15.  Oriol Servia         Panther/DRR DW12-Chevy  1m01.0437s  + 0.7651s
16.  Graham Rahal         Ganassi DW12-Honda      1m01.0666s  + 0.7880s
17.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon DW12-Chevy       1m01.1248s  + 0.8462s
18.  Rubens Barrichello   KV DW12-Chevy           1m01.1308s  + 0.8522s
19.  Simona de Silvestro  HVM DW12-Lotus          1m01.1471s  + 0.8685s
20.  Marco Andretti       Andretti DW12-Chevy     1m01.1863s  + 0.9077s
21.  EJ Viso              KV DW12-Chevy           1m01.2646s  + 0.9860s
22.  JR Hildebrand        Panther DW12-Chevy      1m01.4655s  + 1.1869s
23.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter DW12-Chevy    1m02.1890s  + 1.9104s
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