Dixon fastest in practice two

Scott Dixon was quickest in the final practice session before IndyCar qualifying at a cold and overcast Sears Point

Dixon fastest in practice two

The Ganassi driver beat Penske's Helio Castroneves by 0.2998 seconds, while 2009 winner and Friday pacesetter Dario Franchitti took third place.

Much of the session had seen a Ganassi/Penske lock-out of the top five places, but a late improvement from Alex Tagliani moved the underdog Fazzt team up to fourth - ahead of Penske's Will Power and Ryan Briscoe.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was notably quicker than the rest of the Andretti Autosport group as he took seventh at the end. Dreyer & Reinbold duo Justin Wilson and JR Hildebrand were eighth and 10th, split by Newman/Haas's Graham Rahal, whose team-mate Hideki Mutoh took 11th.

Although the session ran with no interruptions, there were a few minor incidents, including spins for Hunter-Reay and Foyt driver Vitor Meira.

Danica Patrick (Andretti Autosport) and Takuma Sato (KV) collided at Turn 7, ending Patrick's session as she trundled back to the pits with broken suspension, although Sato was able to rejoin later. Franchitti also had contact with another car - banging wheels with HVM's Simona de Silvestro.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m17.4312s 2. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m17.7309s + 0.2998s 3. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m17.7705s + 0.3393s 4. Alex Tagliani Fazzt 1m17.7788s + 0.3476s 5. Will Power Penske 1m17.7958s + 0.3646s 6. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m17.8713s + 0.4401s 7. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m17.9535s + 0.5223s 8. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m18.0535s + 0.6223s 9. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas 1m18.0652s + 0.6340s 10. JR Hildebrand Dreyer & Reinbold 1m18.0937s + 0.6625s 11. Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas 1m18.1533s + 0.7221s 12. Dan Wheldon Panther 1m18.3164s + 0.8852s 13. EJ Viso KV  1m18.3254s + 0.8942s 14. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m18.3382s + 0.9070s 15. Raphael Matos De Ferran Dragon 1m18.4089s + 0.9777s 16. Tony Kanaan Andretti 1m18.4201s + 0.9889s 17. Bertrand Baguette Conquest 1m18.5335s + 1.1023s 18. Mario Moraes KV 1m18.6154s + 1.1843s 19. Takuma Sato KV 1m18.6340s + 1.2028s 20. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 1m18.7026s + 1.2715s 21. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m18.7557s + 1.3246s 22. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m18.9265s + 1.4953s 23. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m19.0819s + 1.6508s 24. Francesco Dracone Conquest 1m21.4848s + 4.0537s 25. Milka Duno Dale Coyne 1m21.8460s + 4.4148s 
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