Briscoe leads first Chicago practice

Ryan Briscoe was quickest by a relatively comfortable 0.1496-second margin in morning practice for the Chicagoland IndyCar round

Briscoe leads first Chicago practice

The Penske driver's 25.1154s lap in the closing moments saw him depose previous pacesetter Scott Dixon (Ganassi).

Championship leader Will Power was third for Penske, ahead of Andretti Autosport's four cars, led by Marco Andretti. Both Andretti and team-mate Ryan Hunter-Reay (who was sixth in between Danica Patrick and Tony Kanaan) had led the session at times earlier.

Penske's other driver Helio Castroneves was eighth, with Dixon's Ganassi team-mate Dario Franchitti back in 10th. They were split by a strong run from KV's EJ Viso.

Of the drivers returning to the series this weekend, Tomas Scheckter was 17th for Conquest, while Mike Conway's latest substitute Ana Beatriz took 22nd in her Dreyer & Reinbold car, and Davey Hamilton was 27th for De Ferran Dragon.

But Vision/Panther Racing's Ed Carpenter will go into qualifying later today with scant preparation having brushed the wall and caused a yellow on only his fifth lap of the session, leaving him in the pits thereafter.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Ryan Briscoe Penske 25.1154s 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi 25.2650s + 0.1496s 3. Will Power Penske 25.2716s + 0.1562s 4. Marco Andretti Andretti 25.2801s + 0.1647s 5. Danica Patrick Andretti 25.2812s + 0.1658s 6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 25.2902s + 0.1748s 7. Tony Kanaan Andretti 25.3075s + 0.1921s 8. Helio Castroneves Penske 25.3084s + 0.1930s 9. EJ Viso KV 25.3100s + 0.1946s 10. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 25.3106s + 0.1952s 11. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas 25.3471s + 0.2317s 12. Dan Wheldon Panther 25.3768s + 0.2614s 13. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 25.3893s + 0.2739s 14. Vitor Meira AJ Foyt 25.4334s + 0.3180s 15. Bertrand Baguette Conquest 25.4653s + 0.3499s 16. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas 25.4892s + 0.3738s 17. Tomas Scheckter Conquest 25.4952s + 0.3798s 18. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 25.5017s + 0.3863s 19. Takuma Sato KV 25.5017s + 0.3863s 20. Mario Moraes KV 25.5076s + 0.3922s 21. Raphael Matos De Ferran Dragon 25.5308s + 0.4154s 22. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 25.5323s + 0.4169s 23. Simona de Silvestro HVM 25.5528s + 0.4374s 24. Alex Tagliani FAZZT 25.5573s + 0.4419s 25. Jay Howard Sarah Fisher 25.5854s + 0.4700s 26. Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher 25.6063s + 0.4909s 27. Davey Hamilton De Ferran Dragon 25.6302s + 0.5148s 28. Milka Duno Dale Coyne 25.8269s + 0.7115s 29. Ed Carpenter Panther/Vision 29.3971s + 4.2817s 
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