Franchitti tops Friday practice in Sonoma

Dario Franchitti topped the speed charts in the one hour practice session for the IZOD IndyCar Series at Infineon Raceway. Franchitti, who won last year's event, turned a lap at 78.297 seconds. Franchitti's time was a tick faster than Will Power...

Dario Franchitti topped the speed charts in the one hour practice session for the IZOD IndyCar Series at Infineon Raceway. Franchitti, who won last year's event, turned a lap at 78.297 seconds. Franchitti's time was a tick faster than Will Power whose best lap stopped the clocks at 78.3011 seconds.

Both drivers tested at Infineon Raceway one week ago. Power was fastest in the test while Franchitti was second.

"The track was a bit quicker then, I'm not quite sure why," Franchitti said. "The car's not bad, but we have a little bit of work to do tonight. Everybody's going to be quicker tomorrow and we've got to keep up and try to take advantage if we can."

Power was able to record a lap at 77.46 seconds at the test while Franchitti's best was 77.83 seconds.

Alex Tagliani made his Infineon Raceway debut today by setting the third fastest lap. "It's our first time here," said Tagliani. "The team is doing a fantastic job." Tagliani's best was 78.616 seconds, three tenths slower than Power.

Scott Dixon was fourth fastest with a lap at 78.607 seconds, over half a second slower than his best at the test.

Justin Wilson, who also participated in last week's test, rounded out the top five with a lap at 78.6161 seconds.

Sausalito's JR Hildebrand, who is making his second-career IndyCar Series start, was 13th (79.0385 seconds) out of 25 drivers. Hildebrand also participated in the test where he was 6th fastest (78.21 seconds).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Will Power