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Will Power heads Ryan Briscoe in Penske 1-2 at Sears Point

Will Power, Penske, Sears Point 2012Team Penske held sway on the opening day of practice for this weekend's IndyCar race at Sears Point, with Will Power and Ryan Briscoe setting the two fastest times.

Power had led the session early on, but he made the spot his own in the final minutes with a best lap of 1m18.6887s.

Team-mate and compatriot Briscoe, who also spent a stint at the top of the screens, finished up 0.1895 seconds short of Power's time.

Simon Pagenaud, Dario Franchitti and Rubens Barrichello rounded out the top five, with Sebastien Bourdais being bumped down to sixth after having led the times with four minutes remaining.

Two red flags interrupted the session courtesy of spins from Charlie Kimball, who returns to the cockpit this weekend after missing the previous race at Mid-Ohio with a hand injury, and Josef Newgarden.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                  Time        Gap
 1.  Will Power           Penske Dallara-Chevy      1m18.6887s
 2.  Ryan Briscoe         Penske Dallara-Chevy      1m18.8782s  + 0.1895s
 3.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt Dallara-Honda     1m18.9228s  + 0.2341s
 4.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi Dallara-Honda     1m19.0394s  + 0.3507s
 5.  Rubens Barrichello   KV Dallara-Chevy          1m19.4015s  + 0.7128s
 6.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon Dallara-Chevy      1m19.4172s  + 0.7285s
 7.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi Dallara-Honda     1m19.4518s  + 0.7631s
 8.  Graham Rahal         Ganassi Dallara-Honda     1m19.5923s  + 0.9036s
 9.  Marco Andretti       Andretti Dallara-Chevy    1m19.6270s  + 0.9383s
10.  Sebastian Saavedra   Andretti Dallara-Chevy    1m19.6402s  + 0.9515s
11.  Oriol Servia         Panther/DRR Dallara-Chevy 1m19.6631s  + 0.9744s
12.  Justin Wilson        Coyne Dallara-Honda       1m19.6840s  + 0.9953s
13.  Tony Kanaan          KV Dallara-Chevy          1m19.6903s  + 1.0016s
14.  JR Hildebrand        Panther Dallara-Chevy     1m19.8968s  + 1.2081s
15.  James Jakes          Coyne Dallara-Honda       1m19.9588s  + 1.2701s
16.  Helio Castroneves    Penske Dallara-Chevy      1m19.9620s  + 1.2733s
17.  Alex Tagliani        Herta Dallara-Honda       1m19.9917s  + 1.3030s
18.  Josef Newgarden      Panther Dallara-Honda     1m20.1930s  + 1.5043s
19.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti Dallara-Chevy    1m20.2063s  + 1.5176s
20.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti Dallara-Chevy    1m20.3667s  + 1.6780s
21.  Mike Conway          Foyt Dallara-Honda        1m20.4466s  + 1.7579s
22.  EJ Viso              KV Dallara-Chevy          1m20.6589s  + 1.9702s
23.  Takuma Sato          Rahal Dallara-Honda       1m20.8900s  + 2.2013s
24.  Simona de Silvestro  HVM Dallara-Lotus         1m20.9382s  + 2.2495s
25.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi Dallara-Honda     1m21.0304s  + 2.3417s
26.  Katherine Legge      Dragon Dallara-Chevy      1m21.1876s  + 2.4989s
27.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter Dallara-Chevy   1m21.4132s  + 2.7245s
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