Power leads the way in Baltimore
2 September 2011 – Will Power topped a delayed opening practice session in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, delivering a personal best effort of 1:22.137 to overhaul Ganassi rival and championship leader Dario Franchitti. Brazil’s Hélio Castroneves claimed third when the 90-minutes of track activity came to an end, ensuring that two Penske machines made the top three.
"You are working the entire time and it is a pretty cool track," Power explained after the session. "They did a really good job creating the circuit. It takes a lot of commitment and there are several technical bits. It's bumpy and I think it will be a great race. It is very tricky in certain places, but that is typical of a street course."
Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway secured the next two positions, demonstrating some promising initial pace around the new 2.1 mi (3.4 km) circuit. Graham Rahal was next up in sixth place in the second of three Ganassi machines, with KV Racing driver Takuma Sato in close company.
James Hinchcliffe ended eighth fastest after demonstrating some impressive early pace, despite being the first man who failed to beat the 1:23.000 barrier. Tony Kanaan, who was involved in putting on a Senna movie event for a selection of the grid earlier this week, wound up ninth, while Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top ten.
Saturday's second practice session begins at 9.05am local time (BST -5)