Power remains quickest in second practice
8 April 2011 – Will Power remained as the pace setter during second practice in Alabama on Friday, with the Australian setting a time of 1:12.836 to lead Scott Dixon by just under two tenths of a second. Ryan Briscoe followed closely, with two Penske cars featuring inside the top three in both sessions at the Barber Motorsports Park today.
The rain had departed before the start of practice two, with the session being held in relatively sunny conditions. It was a much quieter affair compared to the drama seen during practice at St. Petersburg a fortnight ago, but E.J. Viso caused some drama by hitting the tyre wall in the closing stages. The Venezuelan crashed at the first corner, meaning his mechanics will be kept busy repearing the damage into the evening.
Dario Franchitti set the fourth fastest time for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, just ahead of Helio Castroneves in the final Penske machine. The first American on the timing screens was Graham Rahal in sixth place, with the 22-year-old completing 19 laps of the circuit en route to his personal best time of 1:13.298.
Oriol Servià posted an effort that was fast enough for seventh, while Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay moved up one place from opening practice to claim eighth. Canada’s James Hinchcliffe and ex-Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato rounded out the top ten, with the whole field covered by less than two seconds.
Saturday's third and final practice session begins at 8am local time (BST -6)