Briscoe sets early São Paulo pace
30 April 2011 – Ryan Briscoe was the fastest man as the IndyCar field took to the São Paulo street circuit for the first time this weekend, setting a time of 1:25.107 in the first practice session to lead Penske team-mate Will Power by a slender margin of 0.035 seconds. The top three was completed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, while Hélio Castroneves gave the home fans something to smile about after setting the fourth quickest time.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Justin Wilson was next up in fifth, putting his Dreyer & Reinbold Racing machine 36 thousandths ahead of compatriot and reigning Champion Dario Franchitti. Scott Dixon finished the session just behind the British pair, with Tony Kanaan settling for eighth in front of his home crowd.
E.J. Viso and Graham Rahal rounded out the top ten ahead of Mike Conway who began his weekend in 12th place after his maiden IndyCar victory at Long Beach last time out. The Briton’s team-mates Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick were back in 19th and 21st respectively, while Simona de Silvestro failed to set a time.
Saturday’s second practice session begins at 12pm local time (BST -4)