Power leads Penske practice sweep
|By Matt Beer||Friday, July 23rd 2010, 21:51 GMT|
Penske took a one-two-three in Friday afternoon practice at Edmonton's airport track.
Championship leader Will Power was in front for most of the session, followed by team-mates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves.
The dominant Penske and Ganassi teams had filled the top five in the early running as well, until Dreyer & Reinbold's Justin Wilson got among them - and then kept improving until he was within a few tenths of Power.
But Power had more speed in hand and improved to a 1m01.6689s lap, to secure the top spot ahead of Briscoe, Castroneves and Ganassi's Dario Franchitti - with Scott Dixon pushed back to sixth in Ganassi's other entry and Wilson to seventh as rookie Takuma Sato made a spectacular last-gasp run to grab fifth for KV Racing Technology.
KV had three cars in the top ten again - EJ Viso and Paul Tracy were eighth and ninth, followed by Tony Kanaan (Andretti Autosport).
The session saw three brief stoppages for yellows, caused by Bertrand Baguette crashing his Conquest car, Milka Duno (Dale Coyne) spinning and stalling, and Dreyer & Reinbold's Tomas Scheckter sliding into a tyre wall.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Will Power Penske 1m01.6689s 2. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m01.9474s + 0.2784s 3. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m02.0152s + 0.3462s 4. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m02.0356s + 0.3667s 5. Takuma Sato KV 1m02.0608s + 0.3919s 6. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m02.1086s + 0.4397s 7. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m02.2571s + 0.5882s 8. EJ Viso KV 1m02.4789s + 0.8099s 9. Paul Tracy KV 1m02.5559s + 0.8869s 10. Tony Kanaan Andretti 1m02.6512s + 0.9823s 11. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m02.6591s + 0.9901s 12. Raphael Matos De Ferran Dragon 1m02.7098s + 1.0408s 13. Mario Moraes KV 1m02.7548s + 1.0859s 14. Alex Tagliani Fazzt 1m02.7894s + 1.1204s 15. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m02.9256s + 1.2567s 16. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m03.0602s + 1.3912s 17. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold 1m03.0647s + 1.3958s 18. Bertrand Baguette Conquest 1m03.1313s + 1.4623s 19. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas 1m03.2862s + 1.6172s 20. Mario Romancini Conquest 1m03.3430s + 1.6741s 21. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m03.3629s + 1.6940s 22. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m03.5467s + 1.8777s 23. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 1m03.5816s + 1.9127s 24. Dan Wheldon Panther 1m03.9055s + 2.2365s 25. Milka Duno Dale Coyne 1m10.0289s + 8.3600s