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Detroit IndyCar: Alex Tagliani leads chaotic practice

Alex Tagliani, Herta, Detroit IndyCar 2013Alex Tagliani set the fastest time in the only practice session before qualifying for the first of the two IndyCar races at Detroit's Belle Isle street circuit this weekend.

The Canadian moved to the top late in the session with a best lap of 1m18.2096s, which proved just enough to keep him ahead of Scott Dixon, who jumped up to second with his final lap.

Josef Newgarden was third-fastest ahead of Will Power, who had occupied the top spot for most of the morning.

Mike Conway, making his first appearance in the second Dale Coyne entry, finished an impressive fifth-quickest.

Preparations for qualifying were severely disrupted by six stoppages during the session, with 30 of the 75 allocated minutes of track time being lost to red flags.

Most were for harmless spins, although James Hinchcliffe's Andretti car sustained very minor damage when he lost the rear at Turn 1 and swiped the wall.

The lengthiest stoppage was also the most unusual, with the cars having to be taken off the track after a family of ducks found its way onto the circuit. A chase ensued before track workers were able to relocate the birds to a safer location.

Pos  Driver               Team/Engine      Time        Gap
 1.  Alex Tagliani        Herta/Honda      1m18.2096s
 2.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Honda    1m18.3168s  + 0.1072s
 3.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda     1m18.3612s  + 0.1516s
 4.  Will Power           Penske/Chevy     1m18.5808s  + 0.3712s
 5.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Chevy   1m18.5810s  + 0.3714s
 6.  Mike Conway          Coyne/Honda      1m18.7316s  + 0.5220s
 7.  James Jakes          Rahal/Honda      1m18.7745s  + 0.5649s
 8.  Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy     1m18.8473s  + 0.6377s
 9.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda    1m19.1253s  + 0.9157s
10.  Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda       1m19.1403s  + 0.9307s
11.  Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda      1m19.1965s  + 0.9869s
12.  EJ Viso              Andretti/Chevy   1m19.2790s  + 1.0694s
13.  Marco Andretti       Andretti/Chevy   1m19.3954s  + 1.1858s
14.  Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon/Chevy     1m19.4059s  + 1.1963s
15.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Chevy   1m19.5819s  + 1.3723s
16.  Simona de Silvestro  KV/Chevy         1m19.6043s  + 1.3947s
17.  AJ Allmendinger      Penske/Chevy     1m19.7461s  + 1.5365s
18.  Graham Rahal         Rahal/Honda      1m19.7990s  + 1.5894s
19.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy     1m19.8679s  + 1.6583s
20.  Ryan Briscoe         Panther/Chevy    1m19.9024s  + 1.6928s
21.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Honda    1m19.9795s  + 1.7699s
22.  Tony Kanaan          KV/Chevy         1m20.0110s  + 1.8014s
23.  Tristan Vautier      Schmidt/Honda    1m21.2965s  + 3.0869s
24.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter/Chevy  1m21.9619s  + 3.7523s
25.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi/Honda    1m21.9985s  + 3.7889s

All drivers use Dallara DW12 chassis
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