Takuma Sato pips Dario Franchitti in Edmonton IndyCar practice two

Takuma Sato flew to the top of the times with his final lap of the second IndyCar Series practice session at Edmonton

Takuma Sato pips Dario Franchitti in Edmonton IndyCar practice two

In a repeat of the finish of practice one, reigning champion Dario Franchitti (Ganassi) had looked set to come away with the fastest time, only to be pipped after the chequered flag by a surprise contender.

That man had been Newman/Haas' James Hinchcliffe in the first session, but in practice two it was KV driver Sato who threw in a 1m18.9772s to beat Franchitti by 0.0085 seconds.

Underlining KV's strong form, EJ Viso put another of its cars in third place, although his other team-mate Tony Kanaan - who had been a frontrunner in the opening session - was only 18th.

Scott Dixon was fourth for Ganassi, ahead of top Penske driver Will Power.

Fastest Canadian this time was Alex Tagliani, as the Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver claimed sixth.

Oriol Servia (Newman/Haas), Helio Castroneves (Penske), Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti) and Justin Wilson (Dreyer & Reinbold) completed the top 10, with Hinchcliffe back in 11th this time.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Takuma Sato KV 1m18.9772s 2. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m18.9857s + 0.0085s 3. EJ Viso KV 1m19.0469s + 0.0697s 4. Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m19.0753s + 0.0981s 5. Will Power Penske 1m19.1105s + 0.1333s 6. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 1m19.1300s + 0.1528s 7. Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 1m19.2053s + 0.2281s 8. Helio Castroneves Penske 1m19.2505s + 0.2733s 9. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m19.3842s + 0.4070s 10. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold 1m19.4417s + 0.4645s 11. James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 1m19.4527s + 0.4755s 12. Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m19.4792s + 0.5020s 13. Graham Rahal Ganassi 1m19.5204s + 0.5432s 14. Vitor Meira Foyt 1m19.5405s + 0.5633s 15. Mike Conway Andretti 1m19.6339s + 0.6567s 16. Danica Patrick Andretti 1m19.6502s + 0.6730s 17. Sebastian Saavedra Conquest 1m19.7319s + 0.7547s 18. Tony Kanaan KV  1m19.7347s + 0.7575s 19. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne 1m19.8646s + 0.8874s 20. JR Hildebrand Panther 1m19.9340s + 0.9568s 21. Marco Andretti Andretti 1m20.0125s + 1.0353s 22. Charlie Kimball Ganassi 1m20.0331s + 1.0559s 23. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 1m20.0631s + 1.0859s 24. Paul Tracy Dragon 1m20.4515s + 1.4743s 25. James Jakes Dale Coyne 1m20.5708s + 1.5936s 26. Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m20.7232s + 1.7460s 
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