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Texas IndyCar: Scott Dixon leads night practice

Scott Dixon, Ganassi, Texas IndyCar 2014

Scott Dixon led a Ganassi 1-2-3 in the Friday evening practice session for this weekend's IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dixon and Tony Kanaan worked together early on, and their respective best laps of 213.215mph/213.187mph gave them a lockout of the top two places on the timesheets that stood until the end of the session.

Ryan Briscoe went to third with his final lap, knocking compatriot Will Power back to fourth, with Ed Carpenter rounding out the top five.

With just one yellow flag for a track inspection, the session marked the end of a day completed incident-free, with the only real blip coming when Helio Castroneves was parked for the final four minutes after missing the mandatory weigh-in. The Brazilian still managed to finish seventh-fastest behind Penske team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya.

Sebastien Bourdais's session ended even earlier; the Frenchman's car returning to the KV garage with eight minutes still to run due to an apparent mechanical or handling problem.

As with Castroneves, the premature exit did not excessively penalise his final position: Bourdais finished the evening 12th-fastest, six places ahead of where he qualified.

Pos  Driver              Team/Engine      Time      Gap
 1.  Scott Dixon         Ganassi/Chevy    24.5667s
 2.  Tony Kanaan         Ganassi/Chevy    24.5700s  +0.0033s
 3.  Ryan Briscoe        Ganassi/Chevy    24.6021s  +0.0354s
 4.  Will Power          Penske/Chevy     24.6147s  +0.0480s
 5.  Ed Carpenter        Carpenter/Chevy  24.6380s  +0.0713s
 6.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Penske/Chevy     24.6393s  +0.0726s
 7.  Helio Castroneves   Penske/Chevy     24.6629s  +0.0962s
 8.  Ryan Hunter-Reay    Andretti/Honda   24.6786s  +0.1119s
 9.  James Hinchcliffe   Andretti/Honda   24.7268s  +0.1601s
10.  Charlie Kimball     Ganassi/Chevy    24.7482s  +0.1815s
11.  Marco Andretti      Andretti/Honda   24.7505s  +0.1838s
12.  Sebastien Bourdais  KV/Chevy         24.7559s  +0.1892s
13.  Josef Newgarden     Fisher/Honda     24.7659s  +0.1992s
14.  Jack Hawksworth     Herta/Honda      24.7930s  +0.2263s
15.  Takuma Sato         Foyt/Honda       24.8598s  +0.2931s
16.  Justin Wilson       Coyne/Honda      24.8757s  +0.3090s
17.  Carlos Munoz        Andretti/Honda   24.9190s  +0.3523s
18.  Graham Rahal        Rahal/Honda      24.9511s  +0.3844s
19.  Mikhail Aleshin     Schmidt/Honda    25.0225s  +0.4558s
20.  Simon Pagenaud      Schmidt/Honda    25.1052s  +0.5385s
21.  Sebastian Saavedra  KV/Chevy         25.2341s  +0.6674s
22.  Carlos Huertas      Coyne/Honda      25.3856s  +0.8189s

All drivers use Dallara chassis
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