Power fastest at Motegi road course
Izod IndyCar Series leader Will Power has ended the category’s first ever day of running on Japan’s Motegi road course as the fastest man.
The IndyCar schedule usually includes a race at Motegi’s oval, but damage to the banked course inflicted by the earthquake that hit Japan in March has seen a one-off move to the road course for this year.
The Australian lapped the 4.8km circuit in 1:39.47s during Friday’s single 75 minute practice session to beat Penske Racing team-mate Helio Castroneves by 0.12s.
James Hinchcliffe (Newman/Haas), Ryan Briscoe (Penske Racing) and Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport) rounded out the top five.
“It’s a very, very nice circuit,” said Power after the session.
“It’s smooth, flowing. It’s one of the nicest circuits we’ve been to all year.”
See below for the full practice order
|6||Alex Tagliani||Sam Schmidt||1m40.2649s||0.7904s|
|8||Joao Paulo de Oliveir||Conquest||1m40.3299s||0.8554s|
|9||Sebastien Bourdais||Dale Coyne||1m40.3948s||0.9203s|
|11||Hideki Mutoh||AFS/Sam Schmidt||1m40.5328s||1.0583s|
|13||James Jakes||Dale Coyne||1m40.5580s||1.0835s|
|21||Giorgio Pantano||Dreyer & Reinbold||1m40.9659s||1.4914s|
|25||Simona de Silvestro||HVM||1m41.4495s||1.9750s|
|26||Ana Beatriz||Dreyer & Reinbold||1m41.4711s||1.9966s|