Franchitti Quickest on Final Day

Dario Franchitti topped the times on the final day of road-course testing at the Infineon Raceway on Wednesday, as he just edged out day-one pace-setter Helio Castroneves with his final lap of the day

Franchitti Quickest on Final Day

The Andretti-Green driver set a best lap of 1:16.101 to beat his Penske rival by just more than three tenths of a second. Scott Dixon was only a few hundredths of a second further adrift in third spot.

Although Franchitti was clearly happy to have ended the test quickest overall, he knew the most important thing to take away from the two-day run-out was track data ahead of August's race.

"We basically equalled our best lap in the afternoon with our last lap of the day," he said. "More importantly for us, we learned a lot. We had a long time this afternoon where we were not able to run because we had to fix some problems, but we still were able to get through a lot of stuff, which will hopefully put us in a good position for August.

"We all got a lot of good information today. It's always good to be at the top of the timesheet, but it's more important to get to work on your individual (testing) programs and get good results for the team."

Dixon spoke for many drivers in hailing the experience of Infineon - which has been compared by several stars to Laguna Seca.

"I think it's going to be the same sort of feel here as it was at St. Petersburg," said Dixon. "This is a very physical track. It's great for a driver. There is a lot of elevation and a lot of different turns that you don't see at a lot of tracks. It's kind of like Laguna Seca. It's actually like Laguna Seca on drugs. It's a lot of hard work."

Pos Driver Team-Engine Speed (mph) 1. Dario Franchitti Dallara-Honda 108.797 2. Helio Castroneves Dallara-Toyota 108.307 3. Scott Dixon Panoz-Toyota 108.279 4. Tony Kanaan Dallara-Honda 108.276 5. Dan Wheldon Dallara-Honda 108.026 6. Bryan Herta Dallara-Honda 107.987 7. Ryan Briscoe Panoz-Toyota 107.637 8. Vitor Meira Panoz-Honda 107.370 9. Buddy Rice Panoz-Honda 107.292 10. Scott Sharp Panoz-Honda 107.280 11. Kosuke Matsuura Panoz-Honda 107.267 12. Alex Barron Dallara-Toyota 107.192 13. Darren Manning Panoz-Toyota 106.664 14. Sam Hornish Jr. Dallara-Toyota 106.440 15. Danica Patrick Panoz-Honda 105.525 16. Roger Yasukawa Dallara-Honda 104.014 17. Ed Carpenter Dallara-Toyota 103.965 All Timing Unofficial 
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