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Martin Plowman sets pace in second IndyCar practice at Sears Point

Martin Plowman Sam Schmidt IndyCar 2011 Sears Point

Martin Plowman was a surprise pace-setter in the second IndyCar practice session at Sears Point on Saturday.

The AFS/Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver was one of several to capitalise on the extra grip from the softer-compound red slick tyres on offer to move up the order, and the Brit finished the session with a best lap of 1m19.0350s.

Friday pace-setters Dario Franchitti and Will Power were just behind him for the Ganassi and Penske teams respectively, both title contenders having opted to stay on the harder rubber.

Behind them, JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing) and James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing) used the reds to go fourth and fifth-quickest respectively.

A late yellow flag triggered by a spinning Ana Beatriz potentially derailed a few drivers' hopes of improving their times.

The track returned to green with a couple of minutes remaining, but there was not enough time for any significant changes to the order.

Pos  Driver               Team               Time        Gap
 1.  Martin Plowman       AFS/Sam Shmidt     1m19.035s
 2.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi            1m19.039s  + 0.004s
 3.  Will Power           Penske             1m19.040s  + 0.005s
 4.  JR Hildebrand        Panther            1m19.124s  + 0.093s
 5.  James Jakes          Dayle Coyne        1m19.137s  + 0.102s
 6.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi            1m19.143s  + 0.108s
 7.  Ryan Briscoe         Penske             1m19.256s  + 0.221s
 8.  Sebastian Saavedra   Conquest           1m19.361s  + 0.326s
 9.  Mike Conway          Andretti           1m19.455s  + 0.420s
10.  Helio Castroneves    Penske             1m19.458s  + 0.423s
11.  Ho-Pin Tung          Sam Schmidt Dragon 1m19.704s  + 0.669s
12.  Graham Rahal         Ganassi            1m19.752s  + 0.717s
13.  Giorgio Pantano      Dreyer & Reinbold  1m19.799s  + 0.764s
14.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dale Coyne         1m19.838s  + 0.803s
15.  Ernesto Viso         KV                 1m19.885s  + 0.850s
16.  Danica Patrick       Andretti           1m19.891s  + 0.856s
17.  Takuma Sato          KV                 1m19.900s  + 0.865s
18.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi            1m19.983s  + 0.948s
19.  James Hinchcliffe    Newman/Haas        1m19.987s  + 0.952s
20.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti           1m20.014s  + 0.979s
21.  Oriol Servia         Newman/Haas        1m20.016s  + 0.981s
22.  Marco Andretti       Andretti           1m20.025s  + 0.990s
23.  Tony Kanaan          KV                 1m20.060s  + 1.025s
24.  Simon Pagenaud       HVM                1m20.116s  + 1.081s
25.  Ana Beatriz          Dreyer & Reinbold  1m20.141s  + 1.106s
26.  Alex Tagliani        Sam Schmidt        1m20.522s  + 1.487s
27.  Vitor Meira          Foyt               1m20.748s  + 2.713s
28.  Ed Carpenter         Sarah Fisher       1m20.872s  + 1.837s
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