Wheldon sets pace in first practice

Dan Wheldon got his bid for a record fourth successive Homestead win off to a promising start by topping the first free practice session at the Miami oval, ahead of his Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon

Wheldon sets pace in first practice

As expected, the teams joining the IRL IndyCar Series from Champ Car were not a match for the established squads, with Newman Haas Lanigan's Justin Wilson the best of the 'transition' drivers in 16th overall, half a second off the pace.

Wheldon set his best time of 25.0037 seconds in the first half-hour of the one and three quarter hour session and remained unbeaten.

Behind the two Ganassi cars, team symmetry was maintained as Penske teammates Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves filled took third and fourth, and the Andretti-Green Racing quartet filled fifth to eighth places, ahead of the two Vision Racing cars.

Marco Andretti was fractionally faster than AGR teammates Hideki Mutoh, Tony Kanaan and Danica Patrick.

The session passed largely without incident, although there were several yellows for debris and track inspections after drivers reported cut tyres, including second-placed Dixon.

Pos Driver Team Time Speed 1. Dan Wheldon Ganassi 25.0037 213.808 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi 25.0211 213.660 3. Ryan Briscoe Penske 25.1100 212.903 4. Helio Castroneves Penske 25.1202 212.817 5. Marco Andretti Andretti-Green 25.1379 212.667 6. Hideki Mutoh Andretti-Green 25.1729 212.371 7. Tony Kanaan Andretti-Green 25.1947 212.187 8. Danica Patrick Andretti-Green 25.2236 211.944 9. AJ Foyt IV Vision 25.2298 211.892 10. Ed Carpenter Vision 25.2504 211.719 11. Vitor Meira Panther 25.3317 211.040 12. Darren Manning Foyt 25.3749 210.681 13. Jay Howard Roth 25.3963 210.503 14. Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal-Letterman 25.4354 210.180 15. Marty Roth Roth 25.4616 209.963 16. Justin Wilson Newman Haas Lanigan 25.5098 209.567 17. Franck Perera Conquest 25.5485 209.249 18. Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold 25.5509 209.229 19. Will Power KV 25.5704 209.070 20. Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold 25.6054 208.784 21. Oriol Servia KV 25.6163 208.695 22. Enrique Bernoldi Conquest 25.6606 208.335  23. Ernesto Viso HVM 25.7520 207.596 24. Bruno Junqueira Dale Coyne 25.8475 206.829 25. Mario Moraes Dale Coyne 26.3722 202.713 
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