Power quickest in final practice

Will Power set himself up for a shot at continuing his unbeaten 2011 qualifying run by topping the second and final IndyCar practice session in Sao Paulo

Power quickest in final practice

In an extremely close-fought session, Penske driver Power finally secured the top spot with a 1m24.151s lap amid a late rush of quick times.

Simona de Silvestro took a surprise - and hugely impressive - second place, the HVM racer shrugging off losing all of morning practice to mechnical problems and getting within 0.0801 seconds of Power's pace.

Scott Dixon was Ganassi's top runner in third, ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay. The Andretti driver set the pace for a while and escaped a late spin without damage.

Dario Franchitti (Ganassi) and top Brazilian Helio Castroneves (Penske) completed the top six.

JR Hildebrand produced the best performance of his rookie season so far to grab seventh for Panther, just ahead of a similarly resurgent Sebastien Bourdais in the Dale Coyne Racing car.

Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Alex Tagliani - who starred here last year with an amazing front-row qualifying result on the FAZZT team's debut - topped the times at one stage in the closing minutes before falling to ninth ahead of Tony Kanaan (KV).

The session was extended by 10 minutes to make up for a 15-minute stoppage required to rebuild the tyre wall in the back straight run-off following a high-speed accident for EJ Viso. The KV driver was unhurt in the incident, which was caused by a mechanical failure.

With yellows also required at different stages to clear debris and to collect Sebastian Saavedra (Conquest) and Ana Beatriz (Dreyer & Reinbold) after they had suffered minor incidents, it was an episodic session.

Qualifying takes place in a little under two hours.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Will Power Penske 1m24.1509s 2. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m24.2310s + 0.0801s 3. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m24.3019s + 0.1510s 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m24.3039s + 0.1530s 5. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m24.3944s + 0.2435s 6. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m24.4387s + 0.2878s 7. JR Hildebrand Panther 1m24.4491s + 0.2982s 8. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne 1m24.4563s + 0.3054s 9. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 1m24.5096s + 0.3587s 10. Tony Kanaan KV 1m24.5128s + 0.3619s 11. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m24.5417s + 0.3908s 12. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m24.5875s + 0.4366s 13. Mike Conway Andretti 1m24.5889s + 0.4380s 14. Graham Rahal Ganassi 1m24.6605s + 0.5096s 15. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 1m24.6613s + 0.5104s 16. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m24.6667s + 0.5158s 17. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m24.7928s + 0.6419s 18. Takuma Sato KV 1m24.8441s + 0.6932s 19. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m24.9250s + 0.7741s 20. Raphael Matos AFS 1m24.9756s + 0.8247s 21. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 1m25.2024s + 1.0515s 22. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 1m25.3828s + 1.2319s 23. James Jakes Dale Coyne 1m25.3942s + 1.2433s 24. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 1m25.6073s + 1.4564s 25. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 1m25.8430s + 1.6921s 26. EJ Viso KV 1m26.2498s + 2.0989s 
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