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INDYCAR NEWS 

Dixon stays on top in practice two

Scott Dixon remained the man to beat in final practice for the IndyCar Series title decider at Homestead.

Ryan Briscoe was second again, ahead of the third championship contender Dario Franchitti.

The session was halted two minutes early after a big crash for Briscoe's Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves.

The left rear suspension of the Brazilian's Dallara-Honda appeared to suffer a failure, pitching Castroneves into a violent spin. He was able to walk away unaided.

Franchitti had been quickest in the first half hour of the split session, with his Ganassi team-mate Dixon beating Briscoe to the top spot in the second segment.

Newman/Haas/Lanigan and KV Racing continued to be the title combatants' closest challengers. Graham Rahal and Alex Lloyd were fourth and fifth overall - Lloyd having been an excellent second to Franchitti in the first part of the session - with Moraes sixth for KV.

Raphael Matos made further progress up the top ten and ended up seventh for Luczo Dragon, while his rookie title rival Robert Doornbos (HVM) was slowest of all.

Danica Patrick (Andretti Green), Ed Carpenter (Vision) and Tomas Scheckter (Dreyer & Reinbold) completed the top ten. After her strong morning performance, Sarah Fisher was back in 21st having had to make an unscheduled engine change between sessions.

Pos  Driver             Team                 Time      Gap
 1.  Scott Dixon        Ganassi              25.1097s
 2.  Ryan Briscoe       Penske               25.1433s  + 0.0336s
 3.  Dario Franchitti   Ganassi              25.2833s  + 0.1736s
 4.  Graham Rahal       Newman/Haas/Lanigan  25.3648s  + 0.2551s
 5.  Alex Lloyd         Newman/Haas/Lanigan  25.4022s  + 0.2925s
 6.  Mario Moraes       KV                   25.4338s  + 0.3241s
 7.  Raphael Matos      Luczo Dragon         25.4449s  + 0.3352s
 8.  Danica Patrick     Andretti Green       25.4452s  + 0.3355s
 9.  Ed Carpenter       Vision               25.4457s  + 0.3360s
10.  Tomas Scheckter    Dreyer & Reinbold    25.4512s  + 0.3415s
11.  Tony Kanaan        Andretti Green       25.4609s  + 0.3512s
12.  Hideki Mutoh       Andretti Green       25.5089s  + 0.3992s
13.  Helio Castroneves  Penske               25.5443s  + 0.4346s
14.  Milka Duno         Dreyer & Reinbold    25.5813s  + 0.4716s
15.  Marco Andretti     Andretti Green       25.5855s  + 0.4758s
16.  Ryan Hunter-Reay   Foyt                 25.6693s  + 0.5596s
17.  EJ Viso            HVM                  25.7086s  + 0.5989s
18.  Dan Wheldon        Panther              25.7691s  + 0.6594s
19.  Mike Conway        Dreyer & Reinbold    25.8162s  + 0.7065s
20.  Justin Wilson      Coyne                25.8336s  + 0.7239s
21.  Sarah Fisher       Fisher               26.0460s  + 0.9363s
22.  Jaques Lazier      3G                   26.0576s  + 0.9479s
23.  Robert Doornbos    HVM                  26.0613s  + 0.9516s

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