IRL: Hornish leads final practice at Texas

Sam Hornish led the final practice session prior to Saturday night's Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The IndyCar Series held two practice sessions on Friday with teams getting a half hour of practice during each session. The top...

Sam Hornish led the final practice session prior to Saturday night's Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The IndyCar Series held two practice sessions on Friday with teams getting a half hour of practice during each session.

The top three drivers, Hornish, Castroneves and Wheldon, all set their best lap during the final practice when the drivers tend to run in packs, testing race day conditions. Scott Dixon, who was fourth fastest, set his best lap during the afternoon session.

"The car has been really good in and out of traffic since we got to Texas, and today was no different," said Hornish. "Helio also has been pretty quick, so hopefully we'll be able to work together during the race and pull away from the rest of the field."

Castroneves was more realistic. "Even if your car is one mile per hour slower, the draft can help you catch up and run the same speed as the leader."

With temperatures hovering near the century mark for most of the day, changing conditions could present a challenge when the green flag drops on Saturday night. Scott Sharp, who has been fast all weekend, said the afternoon practice session won't "have a lot of play on what happens tomorrow night at 8:30. We're doing really well right now but we are also keeping in the back of our mind that conditions will change a couple of times again before the race."

Dixon doesn't think weather will be much of a factor. "I think the weather has been pretty consistent during the night. It doesn't drop off in temperature that much. It will probably be in the 80s or even 90 when we go."

Bryan Herta, who qualified 11th, will move to the back of the field after changing an engine today. The field, separated by 0.5234 seconds, is the second closest field in IndyCar Series history.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Scott Dixon , Bryan Herta , Sam Hornis