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Scott Dixon leads Ganassi one-two in Motegi practice two

Scott Dixon led his team-mate Dario Franchitti in a Ganassi one-two in the first of Saturday's IndyCar practice sessions at Motegi

Dixon left it late, setting a 1m38.7710s with one of the final laps of the morning and beating Franchitti by a relatively comfortable 0.3976 seconds in a session where the entire 26-car field was covered by 1.6s.

Franchitti had been in front since deposing title rival Will Power (Penske) in the early stages. Power had jumped to the top with a 1m39.4462s on his very first flying lap, but he did not improve on that until the final minutes. He ended up third, just ahead of team-mate Ryan Briscoe.

Returnee Hideki Mutoh gave the home crowd some excitement by leading the way in his AFS/Sam Schmidt car in the opening minutes. His 1m39.4932s held up well as the session progressed, and he was still fifth at the chequered flag.

Mutoh's compatriot Takuma Sato (KV) did not fare so well, and was slowest of all after a minor off-track moment on his last run. Similar small mistakes saw Briscoe, Franchitti, Helio Castroneves, Joao Paulo de Oliveira, Alex Tagliani and James Jakes also exploring the run-off areas at various points.

Sebastien Bourdais flew for Dale Coyne and claimed sixth with a late surge. Oriol Servia (Newman/Haas) also improved on his final lap to put himself in seventh.

Graham Rahal (Ganassi), Andretti Autosport's fastest driver Mike Conway, and leading KV man EJ Viso completed the top 10, while 11th was a very respectable result for Rahal's team-mate Charlie Kimball.

Pos  Driver                  Team               Time        Gap
 1.  Scott Dixon             Ganassi            1m38.7710s
 2.  Dario Franchitti        Ganassi            1m39.1686s  + 0.3976s
 3.  Will Power              Penske             1m39.3090s  + 0.5380s
 4.  Ryan Briscoe            Penske             1m39.3928s  + 0.6218s
 5.  Hideki Mutoh            AFS/Sam Schmidt    1m39.4932s  + 0.7222s
 6.  Sebastien Bourdais      Dale Coyne         1m39.5376s  + 0.7666s
 7.  Oriol Servia            Newman/Haas        1m39.5611s  + 0.7901s
 8.  Graham Rahal            Ganassi            1m39.5636s  + 0.7926s
 9.  Mike Conway             Andretti           1m39.5787s  + 0.8077s
10.  EJ Viso                 KV                 1m39.6065s  + 0.8355s
11.  Charlie Kimball         Ganassi            1m39.7329s  + 0.9619s
12.  James Hinchcliffe       Newman/Haas        1m39.8359s  + 1.0649s
13.  Vitor Meira             Foyt               1m39.8374s  + 1.0664s
14.  Giorgio Pantano         Dreyer & Reinbold  1m39.8978s  + 1.1268s
15.  Joao Paulo de Oliveira  Conquest           1m39.9246s  + 1.1536s
16.  JR Hildebrand           Panther            1m39.9421s  + 1.1711s
17.  Ryan Hunter-Reay        Andretti           1m39.9843s  + 1.2133s
18.  Helio Castroneves       Penske             1m39.9860s  + 1.2150s
19.  Simona de Silvestro     HVM                1m40.0046s  + 1.2336s
20.  Alex Tagliani           Sam Schmidt        1m40.0167s  + 1.2457s
21.  James Jakes             Dale Coyne         1m40.0513s  + 1.2803s
22.  Marco Andretti          Andretti           1m40.0744s  + 1.3034s
23.  Ana Beatriz             Dreyer & Reinbold  1m40.1991s  + 1.4281s
24.  Tony Kanaan             KV                 1m40.2148s  + 1.4438s
25.  Simona de Silvestro     HVM                1m40.3514s  + 1.5804s
26.  Takuma Sato             KV                 1m40.4353s  + 1.6643s

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