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Ganassi pair leads Wednesday Sonoma IndyCar test

Aug 22, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

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IndyCar teams completed more than 1,000 laps in five hours of testing on Wednesday at Sonoma ahead of this Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (4 p.m. EST, NBCSN). Drivers from the “big three” teams of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti Autosport locked out the top seven as teams worked to find grip and consistency at the 1.99-mile Sonoma Raceway.

Dario Franchitti, winless in 2013, led from Scott Dixon in the pair of Target Hondas. Interestingly this is only the fifth weekend of 13 thus far in 2013 where Franchitti has had Target on his car (St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Toronto). Franchitti’s best lap of 38 turned was 1:18.2945, just ahead of Dixon’s 1:18.3694.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti), Will Power, Helio Castroneves (both Penske), James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti (Andretti) locked out the top seven ahead of the Dragon Racing Sebastie(a)ns, Bourdais and Saavedra, and Justin Wilson.

Hinchcliffe, Bourdais, Ryan Briscoe (Panther Racing), and series debutante Lucas Luhr (RW/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing) set their fastest times in the morning two-hour session, with the remaining 21 clocking in their best in the afternoon. JR Hildebrand was 18th on his first day for Barracuda Racing, while James Davison’s first day in an IndyCar at Sonoma ended 23rd for Dale Coyne.

Official practice begins on Friday.

1. Dario Franchitti, 1:18.2945, 38
2. Scott Dixon, 1:18.3694, 46
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 1:18.4707, 37
4. Will Power, 1:18.5082, 45
5. Helio Castroneves, 1:18.8965, 48
6. James Hinchcliffe, 1:18.9329, 43*
7. Marco Andretti, 1:18.9912, 35
8. Sebastien Bourdais, 1:19.1274, 34*
9. Sebastian Saavedra, 1:19.2560, 35
10. Justin Wilson, 1:19.2731, 43
11. Simona de Silvestro, 1:19.3386, 39
12. Ryan Briscoe, 1:19.3941, 38*
13. Charlie Kimball, 1:19.4095, 51
14. E.J. Viso, 1:19.4495, 28
15. Josef Newgarden, 1:19.4671, 38
16. Tony Kanaan, 1:19.5319, 31
17. James Jakes, 1:19.5426, 44
18. JR Hildebrand, 1:19.6668, 51
19. Graham Rahal, 1:19.7002, 58
20. Simon Pagenaud, 1:19.7100, 57
21. Tristan Vautier, 1:19.9103, 44
22. Takuma Sato, 1:19.9302, 36
23. James Davison, 1:20.1534, 50
24. Ed Carpenter, 1:20.2236, 45
25. Lucas Luhr, 1:20.2262, 44*

*Set fastest time in Practice 1 instead of Practice 2

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