Dixon tops final Kansas session

Scott Dixon was quickest in an uneventful final practice session ahead of today's Kansas Speedway round of the IndyCar Series - the championship's first oval event of 2009

Dixon tops final Kansas session

The Ganassi driver topped the times for most of the duration, eventually beating Andretti Green's Tony Kanaan by 0.0558 seconds.

Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti - who will both start from the back after having their qualifying laps disallowed for crossing the white line - were third and fourth, ahead of Panther's Dan Wheldon, who is chasing his third consecutive win at the track.

Pole-sitter Graham Rahal (Newman/Haas/Lanigan) was seventh, with his front row partner and team-mate Robert Doornbos 12th.

The revived Sunday morning session was part of a revised schedule for this year, and replaced the second practice previously held prior to qualifying on Saturday, giving the teams an opportunity to fine-tune their cars in race day conditions.

But what was initially planned as an hour-long, split group session actually became a half-hour thrash for all 22 cars, and was rescheduled to run after the Indy Lights race amid continuing concerns about bad weather following the tornado that hit the area last night.

The race is currently intended to start at 4.30pm local time.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Scott Dixon Ganassi 26.0221s 2. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 26.0779s + 0.0558s 3. Helio Castroneves Penske 26.0830s + 0.0609s 4. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 26.1087s + 0.0866s 5. Dan Wheldon Panther 26.1353s + 0.1132s 6. Ryan Briscoe Penske 26.1559s + 0.1338s 7. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan 26.1679s + 0.1458s 8. Danica Patrick Andretti Green 26.1826s + 0.1605s 9. Mario Moraes KV 26.1830s + 0.1609s 10. Ed Carpenter Vision 26.2424s + 0.2203s 11. Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green 26.2778s + 0.2557s 12. Robert Doornbos Newman/Haas/Lanigan 26.3223s + 0.3002s 13. Sarah Fisher Fisher 26.3576s + 0.3355s 14. Raphael Matos Luczo Dragon 26.3881s + 0.3660s 15. Vitor Meira Foyt 26.4124s + 0.3903s 16. Mike Conway Dreyer & Reinbold 26.4641s + 0.4420s 17. Justin Wilson Coyne 26.5193s + 0.4972s 18. Stanton Barrett 3G 26.6673s + 0.6452s 19. Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold 26.6799s + 0.6578s 20. Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision 26.6801s + 0.6580s 21. Marco Andretti Andretti Green 26.9820s + 0.9599s 22. EJ Viso HVM 27.1082s + 1.0861s 
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