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Texas IndyCar; Juan Pablo Montoya and Graham Rahal tie in practice

Juan Pablo Montoya and Graham Rahal set identical speeds in the evening IndyCar practice session at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday

Montoya was given first place honours by virtue of having posted his lap first.

The Team Penske driver rattled off a 215.002mph average with his second lap, with Rahal matching him just a few minutes later.

The dead heat set the tone for a session that ended with the top seven drivers covered by just 0.1s.

BHA rookie Gabby Chaves finished up third-fastest ahead of Tony Kanaan, leaving Ryan Hunter-Reay - whose start to the day was hampered by a crash in opening practice - to round out the top five.

Polesitter Will Power finished up 11th-fastest, while last year's race winner Ed Carpenter continued to struggle with his handling and ended the evening down in 22nd.

"We know how to make the cars go fast," he said after qualifying a disappointing 15th earlier in the day.

"However, it's hard to do that when the car does not handle well as well as we know it can. We have to figure out how to make this new car work with this new package."

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.3626s -
2 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 24.3626s 0.0000s
3 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.3859s 0.0233s
4 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.3911s 0.0285s
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.3924s 0.0298s
6 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.4217s 0.0591s
7 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.4460s 0.0834s
8 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.4751s 0.1125s
9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.4813s 0.1187s
10 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.5453s 0.1827s
11 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 24.5677s 0.2051s
12 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 24.6037s 0.2411s
13 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 24.7096s 0.3470s
14 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 24.7506s 0.3880s
15 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.8069s 0.4443s
16 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 24.8374s 0.4748s
17 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.8873s 0.5247s
18 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 24.9176s 0.5550s
19 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 24.9432s 0.5806s
20 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 24.9460s 0.5834s
21 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 24.9753s 0.6127s
22 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 25.0182s 0.6556s
23 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 25.0827s 0.7201s

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