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Will Power heads wet practice at Barber

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Saturday 31st March, 2012 - 9:22am

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Rain has halted any serious practice times at Barber Motorsports Park for the second round of the Izod IndyCar Series.

Australian Penske star Will Power was the fastest in the limited session, setting the fastest time, with the defending race winner getting the upperhand at the picturesque 2.38-mile road course, setting a 1m11.2886s.

“The Verizon No. 12 Chevy felt very good this morning before the rain,” Power said.

“We have tested here a lot and know the track very well and the set-up very well. We just made minor adjustments to the car because we basically know what we want.

“I think with the rain, qualifying will be mixed up tomorrow and if the track has weepers there will be wet patches.

“Driving the new car really isn’t all that different – you carry a lot more speed everywhere on the track. I just hope the results are similar.”

Power’s Team Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves, the 2010 Barber race winner and current Izod IndyCar Series points leader, was second in the #3 AAA Team Penske Chevrolet with a lap of 1:11.5010s.

The third Penske entry of Australian Ryan Briscoe was 15th.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato was third (1m11.5608s) in the first of the Honda-powered cars followed by Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s Josef Newgarden (1m11.5884) also in a Honda. KV Racing Technology’s Rubens Barrichello was fifth (1m11.6028) in a Chevrolet.

Sato led a rain-soaked afternoon session with a lap of 1m18.868 that saw only 17 cars record laps in wet conditions.

Qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be held tomorrow morning (Australian time).

See below for the full practice times

 1 Will Power Penske DW12 1m11.2886  
 2 Helio Castroneves Penske DW12 1m11.5010 0.2124
 3 Takuma Sato Rahal DW12 1m11.5608 0.2722
 4 Josef Newgarden Fisher DW12 1m11.5884 0.2998
 5 Rubens Barrichello KV DW12 1m11.6028 0.3142
 6 Marco Andretti Andretti DW12 1m11.6263 0.3377
 7 Tony Kanaan KV DW12 1m11.6800 0.3914
 8 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt DW12 1m11.7015 0.4129
 9 Dario Franchitti Ganassi DW12 1m11.7415 0.4529
10 Graham Rahal Ganassi DW12 1m11.9529 0.6643
11 James Hinchcliffe Andretti DW12 1m12.0320 0.7434
12 JR Hildebrand Panther DW12 1m12.0564 0.7678
13 Scott Dixon Ganassi DW12 1m12.0826 0.7940
14 Mike Conway Foyt DW12 1m12.1934 0.9048
15 Ryan Briscoe Penske DW12 1m12.2151 0.9265
16 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon DW12 1m12.4818 1.1932
17 James Jakes Coyne DW12 1m12.5018 1.2132
18 EJ Viso KV DW12 1m12.5042 1.2156
19 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti DW12 1m12.6237 1.3351
20 Simona de Silvestro HVM DW12 1m12.7388 1.4502
21 Charlie Kimball Ganassi DW12 1m13.0897 1.8011
22 Alex Tagliani BHA DW12 1m13.4746 2.1860
23 Oriol Servia Dreyer & Reinbold DW12 1m13.4960 2.2074
24 Justin Wilson Coyne DW12 1m13.9034 2.6148
25 Ed Carpenter Carpenter DW12 1m14.5717 3.2831
26 Katherine Legge Dragon DW12 1m16.3147 5.0261

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