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Dixon fastest in first practice

Former champion Scott Dixon provided further evidence of Ganassi's return to form by setting the pace in the first official practice session of the 2006 IRL IndyCar season

Dixon was just 0.0004 seconds faster than Penske's Sam Hornish Jr around the Homestead oval, with Tony Kanaan the best of the Andretti-Green quartet in third.

The morning practice session saw the first appearance of Hemelgarn's recently signed rookie PJ Chesson. Unsurprisingly, the Indy Pro Series graduate was slowest of all as he focused on acclimatising to his Dallara-Honda.

Eddie Cheever was 12th fastest as he prepared for his first IRL appearance in almost three years.

Friday morning practice results:

Pos  Driver             Team                   Chassis  Time
 1.  Scott Dixon        Ganassi                Dallara  24.8974
 2.  Sam Hornish Jr     Penske                 Dallara  24.8978
 3.  Tony Kanaan        Andretti-Green         Dallara  24.9326
 4.  Helio Castroneves  Penske                 Dallara  24.9369
 5.  Bryan Herta        Andretti-Green         Dallara  24.9964
 6.  Dario Franchitti   Andretti-Green         Dallara  25.0205
 7.  Dan Wheldon        Ganassi                Dallara  25.0266
 8.  Buddy Rice         Rahal-Letterman        Panoz    25.0528
 9.  Ed Carpenter       Vision                 Dallara  25.0955
10.  Vitor Meira        Panther                Dallara  25.1319
11.  Kosuke Matsuura    Super Aguri Fernandez  Dallara  25.1401
12.  Eddie Cheever Jr.  Cheever                Dallara  25.1524
13.  Marco Andretti     Andretti-Green         Dallara  25.1608
14.  Scott Sharp        Fernandez              Dallara  25.2571
15.  Danica Patrick     Rahal-Letterman        Panoz    25.2689
16.  Paul Dana          Rahal-Letterman        Panoz    25.2752
17.  Tomas Scheckter    Vision                 Dallara  25.2819
18.  Buddy Lazier       Dreyer and Reinbold    Dallara  25.3398
19.  Felipe Giaffone    AJ Foyt                Dallara  25.4722
20.  P.J. Chesson       Hemelgarn              Dallara  26.0157

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