Dixon stays on top in second practice at Kentucky

Scott Dixon kept up his early momentum at Kentucky by topping an ultra-close second session, while there was again little to separate title rivals Dario Franchitti and Will Power

Dixon stays on top in second practice at Kentucky

The 2009 polesitter rose to the top of the timesheets with 15 minutes remaining and was never displaced, as several yellow flags for track debris disrupted the momentum of the session.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti) moved into second in the final two minutes, following the third and final yellow flag break.

Sarah Fisher's Ed Carpenter, last year's polesitter, finished less than four hundredths down on Dixon in third place. Carpenter was one of eight drivers to lap within one tenth of the ultimate pace.

In that eight were Franchitti (Ganassi, fourth) and Power (Penske, seventh), although both drivers opted to sit out the final two minutes of the session, protecting their hands until qualifying later today.

The pair were separated by Marco Andretti of Andretti and Newman/Haas' James Hinchcliffe, both of whom improved in the closing stages.

Vitor Meira, Dixon's nearest challenger in first practice, ended the second session 16th fastest.


Pos  Driver               Team               Time      Gap
 1.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi            24.2587s
 2.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti           24.2723s  + 0.0136s
 3.  Ed Carpenter         Sarah Fisher       24.2930s  + 0.0343s
 4.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi            24.3024s  + 0.0437s
 5.  Marco Andretti       Andretti           24.3079s  + 0.0492s
 6.  James Hinchcliffe    Newman/Haas        24.3270s  + 0.0683s
 7.  Will Power           Penske             24.3302s  + 0.0715s
 8.  Graham Rahal         Ganassi            24.3573s  + 0.0986s
 9.  Takuma Sato          KV                 24.3784s  + 0.1197s
10.  Danica Patrick       Andretti           24.4014s  + 0.1427s
11.  Helio Castroneves    Penske             24.4105s  + 0.1518s
12.  Oriol Servia         Newman/Haas        24.4141s  + 0.1554s
13.  Ryan Briscoe         Penske             24.4216s  + 0.1629s
14.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi            24.4288s  + 0.1701s
15.  JR Hildebrand        Panther            24.4394s  + 0.1807s
16.  Vitor Meira          Foyt               24.4664s  + 0.2077s
17.  Ana Beatriz          Dreyer & Reinbold  24.4697s  + 0.2110s
18.  Mike Conway          Andretti           24.4806s  + 0.2219s
19.  EJ Viso              KV                 24.5050s  + 0.2463s
20.  Townsend Bell        Dreyer & Reinbold  24.5098s  + 0.2511s
21.  Wade Cunningham      Sam Schmidt        24.5108s  + 0.2521s
22.  Simona de Silvestro  HVM                24.5363s  + 0.2776s
23.  Tony Kanaan          KV                 24.5416s  + 0.2829s
24.  Dan Wheldon          Sam Schmidt        24.5550s  + 0.2963s
25.  Alex Lloyd           Dale Coyne         24.5856s  + 0.3269s
26.  Pippa Mann           Rahal Letterman    24.6340s  + 0.3753s
27.  Dillon Battistini    Conquest           24.6405s  + 0.3818s
28.  James Jakes          Dale Coyne         24.7732s  + 0.5145s
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