IRL: Franchitti fast at Milwaukee Mile on Friday

Dario Franchitti topped the speed charts during the first day of practice for Sunday's ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. Franchitti's best lap of 169.409 mph was set early in the morning practice session with the team spending most...

Dario Franchitti topped the speed charts during the first day of practice for Sunday's ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile. Franchitti's best lap of 169.409 mph was set early in the morning practice session with the team spending most of the day working on race set up.

During the second session the team struggled with Franchitti 15th fastest at 162.863 mph. "We worked this afternoon on race set up, so we weren't as quick as this morning," Franchitti said. "We worked on race stuff, but we didn't make good changes. We'll keep working tomorrow for a good race car and see what happens.

Marco Andretti improved from ninth fastest (166.228 mph) in the first session to the top of the speed chart in the second session (169.293 mph), setting the second fastest lap of the day. "Being here last week makes a difference," said Andretti. "I was back into the wall the first time I was here last year in a Pro Series car. The test made all the difference for me. I'm able to keep building confidence, and each lap we seem to get faster. Now we're just trying to get flat and get a comfortable race car."

Despite building confidence, Andretti said he needed to be cautious after his Nashville experience where "I was third quick in practice and then I qualified in the back."

Vitor Meira was happy after setting the third fastest lap of the day at 169.061 mph. "This was a great day for us," Meira said. With a three day event, some teams worked in qualifying while others worked on a race day setup. "It is important for us to be careful and analyze the day only versus ourselves. It was an open day and everybody was doing different things. We improved every time we went out and that's what proves to us that it was a good day."

Andretti Green Racing put four cars in the top five today, with Tony Kanaan and Bryan Herta fourth and fifth fastest, respectively. "The test that Dario, Marco and Jonathan Klein did here really helped to get us started down the right path," said Kanaan. "We are certainly a lot closer than where we've been at other tracks this year. We still have some work to do but it's nice having a couple of cars at the top of the scoring sheet."

Helio Castroneves was sixth fastest followed by Tomas Scheckter and Jeff Bucknum in the No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing entry.

Ryan Briscoe was involved in the only on track incident of the day when he spun and made contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn four. The car made secondary contact with the inside wall but Briscoe was able to climb from the car unassisted. "I'm not sure if maybe I ran over some debris or something or maybe some dirt," Briscoe said. "It just came around on me and I brushed the wall."

Damage to Briscoe's car has forced the team to use a backup car for the remainder of the weekend.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Bryan Herta , Ryan Briscoe , Marco Andretti , Jonathan Klein , A.J. Foyt , Vitor Meira