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Baltimore IndyCar: Will Power leads practice two

Will Power, Penske, Baltimore 2012Will Power went quickest for Penske in the second IndyCar practice session in Baltimore.

Delays once again hampered running while the series worked on mitigating the bumps that were causing cars to launch earlier in the day.

Despite earlier hopes that the bumps could be removed by regrinding the affected area of the track, IndyCar elected to install a temporary tyre barrier, with a permanent chicane set to be built overnight. The changes give the circuit a new official length of 2.03 miles.

Power christened the revised layout with a best time of 1m21.4572s, which for much of the session was around 0.4 seconds quicker than anyone else could manage before Schmidt-Hamilton's Simon Pagenaud managed to post a lap within 0.0311s of the Australian's in the last couple of minutes.

Scott Dixon was third-fastest ahead of early session leader Rubens Barrichello.

The half-hour session was interrupted by just one stoppage, with title contender Ryan Hunter-Reay bringing out the red flags after encountering problems early on. He was able to continue running once the session restarted.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                   Time        Gap
 1.  Will Power           Penske Dallara-Chevy       1m21.0185s
 2.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt Dallara-Honda      1m21.4883s  + 0.4698s
 3.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi Dallara-Honda      1m21.7211s  + 0.7026s
 4.  Rubens Barrichello   KV Dallara-Chevy           1m21.9194s  + 0.9009s
 5.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti Dallara-Chevy     1m21.9236s  + 0.9051s
 6.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon Dallara-Chevy       1m21.9288s  + 0.9103s
 7.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti Dallara-Chevy     1m22.0263s  + 1.0078s
 8.  Mike Conway          Foyt Dallara-Honda         1m22.1075s  + 1.0890s
 9.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi Dallara-Honda      1m22.1254s  + 1.1069s
10.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi Dallara-Honda      1m22.3243s  + 1.3058s
11.  EJ Viso              KV Dallara-Chevy           1m22.3276s  + 1.3091s
12.  Helio Castroneves    Penske Dallara-Chevy       1m22.3529s  + 1.3344s
13.  Tony Kanaan          KV Dallara-Chevy           1m22.4897s  + 1.4712s
14.  Ryan Briscoe         Penske Dallara-Chevy       1m22.5584s  + 1.5399s
15.  JR Hildebrand        Panther Dallara-Chevy      1m22.6031s  + 1.5846s
16.  Graham Rahal         Ganassi Dallara-Honda      1m22.6543s  + 1.6358s
17.  Justin Wilson        Foyt Dallara-Honda         1m22.8225s  + 1.8040s
18.  Marco Andretti       Andretti Dallara-Chevy     1m22.9129s  + 1.8944s
19.  James Jakes          Foyt Dallara-Honda         1m22.9542s  + 1.9357s
20.  Takuma Sato          Rahal Dallara-Honda        1m23.1126s  + 2.0941s
21.  Simona de Silvestro  HVM Dallara-Lotus          1m23.1360s  + 2.1175s
22.  Alex Tagliani        Herta Dallara-Honda        1m23.1635s  + 2.1450s
23.  Bruno Junqueira      Fisher Dallara-Honda       1m23.6249s  + 2.6064s
24.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter Dallara-Chevy    1m23.8550s  + 2.8365s
25.  Oriol Servia         Panther/DRR Dallara-Chevy  1m24.6311s  + 3.6126s
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