Power fastest at Motegi road course

Will Power emerged fastest from Day 1

Will Power emerged fastest from Day 1

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

 1 Will Power Penske 1m39.4745s
 2 Helio Castroneves Penske 1m39.5965s 0.1220s
 3 James Hinchcliffe Newman/Haas 1m39.8531s 0.3786s
 4 Ryan Briscoe Penske 1m40.1887s 0.7142s
 5 Marco Andretti Andretti 1m40.2584s 0.7839s
 6 Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt 1m40.2649s 0.7904s
 7 Dario Franchitti Ganassi 1m40.3108s 0.8363s
 8 Joao Paulo de Oliveir Conquest 1m40.3299s 0.8554s
 9 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne 1m40.3948s 0.9203s
10 Takuma Sato KV 1m40.4435s 0.9690s
11 Hideki Mutoh AFS/Sam Schmidt 1m40.5328s 1.0583s
12 JR Hildebrand Panther 1m40.5435s 1.0690s
13 James Jakes Dale Coyne 1m40.5580s 1.0835s
14 Tony Kanaan KV 1m40.6600s 1.1855s
15 Scott Dixon Ganassi 1m40.7175s 1.2430s
16 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti 1m40.7389s 1.2644s
17 Vitor Meira Foyt 1m40.7961s 1.3216s
18 EJ Viso KV 1m40.8351s 1.3606s
19 Oriol Servia Newman/Haas 1m40.8577s 1.3832s
20 Charlie Kimball Ganassi 1m40.9505s 1.4760s
21 Giorgio Pantano Dreyer & Reinbold 1m40.9659s 1.4914s
22 Graham Rahal Ganassi 1m41.2056s 1.7311s
23 Mike Conway Andretti 1m41.2987s 1.8242s
24 Danica Patrick Andretti 1m41.4164s 1.9419s
25 Simona de Silvestro HVM 1m41.4495s 1.9750s
26 Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold 1m41.4711s 1.9966s

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