Power leads practice at Indy

Will Power beat Alex Tagliani to the fastest time as Indianapolis 500 practice resumed in earnest on Thursday after two days of rain

Power leads practice at Indy

Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver Tagliani led the way going into the closing stages, before Power (Penske) put in a lap at 39.5121s and 227.778mph with just 12 minutes of the six-hour session to go to snatch the top spot.

It was a productive day for both the Penske and Schmidt teams, with Power's team-mates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves third and fourth, ahead of Tagliani's team-mate Townsend Bell.

Ganassi's lead runner Scott Dixon was back in eighth, behind top rookie JR Hildebrand (Panther) and Newman/Haas' Oriol Servia.

Ed Carpenter continued to show strong form for Sarah Fisher Racing in ninth, ahead of Danica Patrick in the best of the Andretti Autosport cars.

The session was interrupted early on by a frightening crash for Simona de Silvestro, whose HVM car crashed heavily at Turn 3, landing upside down and catching fire. De Silvestro was taken to hospital for treatment to burns on her hands.

The field has one more six-hour practice session this afternoon before qualifying for all 33 grid places takes place across the weekend.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Will Power Penske 39.5121s 2. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 39.5340s + 0.0219s 3. Ryan Briscoe Penske 39.6097s + 0.0976s 4. Helio Castroneves Penske 39.6604s + 0.1483s 5. Townsend Bell Sam Schmidt 39.6928s + 0.1807s 6. JR Hildebrand Panther 39.7303s + 0.2182s 7. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 39.7401s + 0.2280s 8. Scott Dixon Ganassi 39.7434s + 0.2313s 9. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher 39.7569s + 0.2448s 10. Danica Patrick Andretti 39.7760s + 0.2639s 11. Graham Rahal Ganassi 39.7980s + 0.2859s 12. Paul Tracy Dreyer & Reinbold 39.8396s + 0.3275s 13. Tony Kanaan KV 39.8579s + 0.3458s 14. Dan Wheldon Herta 39.8731s + 0.3610s 15. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 39.8851s + 0.3730s 16. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 39.8930s + 0.3809s 17. Jay Howard Schmidt/Rahal 39.8946s + 0.3825s 18. Vitor Meira Foyt 39.9202s + 0.4081s 19. Takuma Sato KV 39.9453s + 0.4332s 20. Buddy Rice Panther 39.9673s + 0.4552s 21. Pippa Mann Conquest 39.9836s + 0.4715s 22. Marco Andretti Andretti 40.0081s + 0.4960s 23. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 40.0226s + 0.5105s 24. John Andretti Petty/Andretti 40.0562s + 0.5441s 25. Bruno Junqueira Foyt 40.0634s + 0.5513s 26. Tomas Scheckter KV/SH 40.0656s + 0.5535s 27. Bertrand Baguette Rahal Letterman Lanigan 40.0682s + 0.5561s 28. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 40.0846s + 0.5725s 29. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 40.1011s + 0.5890s 30. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 40.1190s + 0.6069s 31. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 40.1566s + 0.6445s 32. EJ Viso KV 40.1686s + 0.6565s 33. Davey Hamilton Dreyer & Reinbold 40.1985s + 0.6864s 34. Raphael Matos AFS 40.2957s + 0.7836s 35. Ho-Pin Tung Schmidt/Dragon 40.2959s + 0.7838s 36. Mike Conway Andretti 40.4750s + 0.9629s 37. Simona de Silvestro HVM 40.5055s + 0.9934s 38. Scott Speed Dragon 40.5083s + 0.9962s 39. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 40.6747s + 1.1626s 40. James Jakes Dale Coyne 40.7776s + 1.2655s 
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