Power fastest in Texas practice

Will Power opened this weekend's Firestone Twin 275s event by topping the opening practice session at Texas Motor Speedway

Power fastest in Texas practice

The Penske driver produced a best lap at an average speed of 214.997mph early on and was never beaten, although team-mate Ryan Briscoe came close when he unloaded a 214.836mph in the final minutes to consign Dale Coyne Racing's Alex Lloyd to third.

JR Hildebrand claimed fourth place for Panther, leaving Dario Franchitti as first of the Ganassi drivers in fifth place with a 214.025mph lap.

The afternoon passed mostly without incident; the session being interrupted just once for a brief yellow flag for a track inspection.

Qualifying for the first of tomorrow's races will take place later today, with the grid for the second race to be determined by random draw.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Will Power Penske 24.3654s 2. Ryan Briscoe Penske 24.3814s + 0.0160s 3. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 24.4394s + 0.0740s 4. JR Hildebrand Panther 24.4413s + 0.0759s 5. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 24.4738s + 0.1084s 6. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 24.4757s + 0.1103s 7. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 24.4770s + 0.1116s 8. Tony Kanaan KV 24.5129s + 0.1475s 9. Helio Castroneves Penske 24.5162s + 0.1508s 10. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 24.5364s + 0.1710s 11. Takuma Sato KV 24.5428s + 0.1774s 12. Graham Rahal Ganassi 24.5591s + 0.1937s 13. Scott Dixon Ganassi 24.5696s + 0.2042s 14. Danica Patrick Andretti 24.5853s + 0.2199s 15. Simona de Silvestro HVM 24.6015s + 0.2361s 16. Marco Andretti Andretti 24.6135s + 0.2481s 17. Davey Hamilton Dreyer & Reinbold 24.6186s + 0.2532s 18. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 24.6226s + 0.2572s 19. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 24.6270s + 0.2616s 20. Wade Cunningham Sam Schmidt 24.6302s + 0.2648s 21. Vitor Meira AJ Foyt 24.6486s + 0.2832s 22. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 24.6529s + 0.2875s 23. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 24.6648s + 0.2994s 24. EJ Viso KV 24.6997s + 0.3343s 25. James Jakes Dale Coyne 24.7176s + 0.3522s 26. Mike Conway Andretti 24.7219s + 0.3565s 27. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 24.7230s + 0.3576s 28. Jay Howard Schmidt/Rahal 24.7398s + 0.3744s 29. Paul Tracy Dragon 24.7653s + 0.3999s 30. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 24.9266s + 0.5612s 
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