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Power quickest in opening practice

Will Power was quickest by 0.7 seconds in the opening free practice session for this weekend's IndyCar event at Barber Motorsports Park

The Australian Penske driver only completed five laps of the Alabama track before rain hit, but managed to set a 1m12.750s to beat St Petersburg winner and reigning champion Dario Franchitti (Ganassi) to the top spot.

All three Penske drivers were in the top six, with Ryan Briscoe third and Helio Castroneves sixth, split by Scott Dixon in the second entry from Ganassi's main team, and Mike Conway - again the top Andretti Autosport driver.

Takuma Sato (KV), Justin Wilson (Dreyer & Reinbold) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti) were next up, with rookie Charlie Kimball showing improved form for Ganassi to take 10th.

Newman/Haas' new signing James Hinchcliffe was 11th, while Simon Pagenaud was 25th as he settled into the Dreyer & Reinbold car in his first session substituting for the injured Ana Beatriz.

The rain arrived with 15 minutes of the session to go, and eventually became hard enough to convince most teams to pack up and return to the paddock - although Dale Coyne's Sebastien Bourdais went back out and enjoyed the track to himself when it was at its wettest.

Pos  Driver               Team               Time        Gap
 1.  Will Power           Penske             1m12.7502s
 2.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi            1m13.4078s  + 0.6576s
 3.  Ryan Briscoe         Penske             1m13.5017s  + 0.7515s
 4.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi            1m13.6461s  + 0.8959s
 5.  Mike Conway          Andretti           1m13.7786s  + 1.0284s
 6.  Helio Castroneves    Penske             1m13.7958s  + 1.0456s
 7.  Takuma Sato          KV                 1m13.8155s  + 1.0653s
 8.  Justin Wilson        Dreyer & Reinbold  1m13.9165s  + 1.1663s
 9.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti           1m14.0133s  + 1.2631s
10.  Charlie Kimball      Chip Ganassi       1m14.2019s  + 1.4517s
11.  James Hinchcliffe    Newman/Haas        1m14.2344s  + 1.4842s
12.  Tony Kanaan          KV                 1m14.2371s  + 1.4869s
13.  Marco Andretti       Andretti           1m14.2532s  + 1.5030s
14.  Alex Tagliani        Schmidt            1m14.3615s  + 1.6113s
15.  Danica Patrick       Andretti           1m14.3840s  + 1.6338s
16.  Vitor Meira          Foyt               1m14.3955s  + 1.6453s
17.  Sebastien Bourdais   Coyne              1m14.4307s  + 1.6805s
18.  EJ Viso              KV                 1m14.4955s  + 1.7453s
19.  Graham Rahal         Ganassi            1m14.6531s  + 1.9029s
20.  Oriol Servia         Newman/Haas        1m14.6808s  + 1.9306s
21.  Sebastian Saavedra   Conquest           1m14.7969s  + 2.0467s
22.  Simona de Silvestro  HVM                1m14.8736s  + 2.1234s
23.  JR Hildebrand        Panther            1m14.9225s  + 2.1723s
24.  James Jakes          Coyne              1m15.0750s  + 2.3248s
25.  Simon Pagenaud       Dreyer & Reinbold  1m15.2944s  + 2.5442s
26.  Raphael Matos        AFS                1m15.2960s  + 2.5458s

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