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Rank Driver Points
1 Will Power 671
2 Helio Castroneves 609
3 Scott Dixon 604
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 586
5 Simon Pagenaud 565
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay 563
7 Tony Kanaan 544
8 Carlos Munoz 483
9 Marco Andretti 463
10 Sebastien Bourdais 461
11 Ryan Briscoe 461
12 James Hinchcliffe 456
13 Josef Newgarden 406
14 Charlie Kimball 402
15 Justin Wilson 395
16 Mikhail Aleshin 372
17 Jack Hawksworth 366
18 Takuma Sato 350
19 Graham Rahal 345
20 Carlos Huertas 314
21 Sebastian Saavedra 291
22 Ed Carpenter 262
23 Mike Conway 252
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch 80
26 J.R. Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam 57
28 Luca Filippi 46
29 James Davison 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8
Hunter-Reay tops IndyCar times Friday in Long Beach

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Friday, April 16, 2010

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Ryan Hunter-Reay

He may be new to the Andretti Motorsports team but already he is assimilating in well.  Ryan Hunter Reay tuned the fastest lap in his IZOD Dallara-Honda in Indy Car practice Friday for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race around the 1.98-mile street circuit overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

"In the first session, we knew the track was pretty bad, so we didn't get out of our mindset of sticking to our guns," said Hunter-Reay.

"We knew what worked. In the second session, we just worked on the balance of the car. We found what did work and what didn't work. I think there's still a little more time in the car, so we're pretty happy with it. It's going to get quicker tomorrow, and these guys are all going to go quicker. So we'll have to keep changing, keep on top of the developing racetrack. It's good, though. The guys did a good job. The good thing is we only used two sets of tires today."

Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe (1:10.6980) was second, and Tony Kanaan finished third (1:10.7334).

Alex Tagliani (1:10.7996) and Will Power (1:10.8641) rounded out the top-5.

Defending race winner and IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti was seventh at 1:10.9285.

Just one second separated the top 15 cars as drivers and tomorrow will probably be even closer.

POST-PRACTICE QUOTES:

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 37 Team IZOD, first): In the first session, we knew the track was pretty bad, so we didn't get out of our mindset of sticking to our guns. We knew what worked. In the second session, we just worked on the balance of the car. We found what did work and what didn't work. I think there's still a little more time in the car, so we're pretty happy with it. It's going to get quicker tomorrow, and these guys are all going to go quicker. So we'll have to keep changing, keep on top of the developing racetrack. It's good, though. The guys did a good job. The good thing is we only used two sets of tires today."

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske, second): (About closing the gap to teammate Will Power): "It's the first step toward beating him. He's doing an amazing job. He's definitely going to be the one to beat in qualifying tomorrow. He's been fast here in the past. I think as a team, we're extremely strong at the moment. We're really pushing each other a lot. There's a really good vibe within. And I really feel like coming into this part of the season, I really need to step it up in qualifying. For sure, to get the race wins, my first step is going to be stepping it up in qualifying."

WILL POWER (No.12 Verizon Team Penske, fifth): "We are reasonably happy with the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car. We need to find a bit more speed. It is really close out there, really competitive. We will work on it tonight, and we should be in great shape tomorrow for qualifying."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske, ninth): "We are learning a lot of good information for qualifying and the race. The No. 3 car has been solid, and we will continue working on it tonight. It has been a beautiful day here in Long Beach, and it is great to see all the fans out at the track."

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic, 14th): "We made a lot of progress in the morning session; we found two things that improved the Formula Dream/Panasonic car. Then we made a change between sessions, and it changed the balance of the car, so we need to work to get the balance right. We saved a set of tires for tomorrow while many drivers put a new set of tires on during the afternoon session, so I don't mind being 14th in the session. Overall, it was a good day."

RAFAEL MATOS (No. 2 HP Luczo Dragon, 11th): We had an encouraging start. We have quite a good baseline from last year. I had a lot of traffic on my new tire run, so I was unable to extract everything out of the car that I wanted. But we're heading in the right direction, and the car is much closer than last week. "

MARIO MORAES (No. 32 KV Racing Technology, eighth): "Overall, it was a good day for the No. 32 KV Racing Technology team. My engineer, Iain Watt, and I have been spending a lot of time together getting to know each other, and we have worked very hard to make the car faster. It is great to be back in Long Beach. Unfortunately, last year we did not have the result that we wanted, so I am looking forward to this weekend and having a good finish."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 67 Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing, 19th): "I think it's again been another frustrating day for me. I really thought that we would start off on a better foot and be a little more competitive than we are. We seem to be really struggling. I thought we were getting closer there halfway through that last session and we put new tires on, but the grip just wasn't there like it is for everyone else. It's a little bit confusing and a little bit frustrating, but I know everyone is working hard and we're going to keep at it."

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 77 FAZZT Race Team, fourth): "I am very, very happy. The LaCapsule Sportive/Adonis Products/Honda Indy Edmonton team did a fantastic job today. Obviously finishing the first day in position four is a great achievement for us. We kind of knew that Long Beach was going to be a more suitable track for our car. We are still in the learning process, and I think today we learned a lot and made very good changes to the car. We recovered well from our incident this morning, and the guys did a fantastic job of getting the car ready to go for the last practice. The car is very close, but we're still trying to get a little bit more out of the car and the track continues to grip up. There's been like a second of improvement from this morning's times to this afternoon. I feel that the team is where it needs to be and with this particular track and what is happening and how competitive we are the team is right where it needs to be. We are still learning more information, and now we are gathering a good group of data from the most recent tracks, so we are starting to come full circle on our information. If we can build on the information, I think we'll continue to be more consistent and have the car where we want it which is quick out of the box."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology, 13th): "Long Beach is a special event, but, for me, it is one of the new circuits. So I have to learn the circuit. We struggled with the balance of the car a bit today. So we have a lot of work to do tomorrow."

E.J. VISO (No. 8 PDVSA-Jet Aviation-KVRT, 17th): "The changes we made from practice one to practice two, we didn't find all of the speed we wanted. But we had problems with traffic with our second set of tires, so we weren't able to put a lap together. Normally, with your second set of tires, you can improve up to a second a lap. That was a progression I think we were going to achieve. But because of the traffic, we couldn't. We still need to improve the car and find more speed for qualifying."

Results

Rank

No Name Laps Gap Diff Best Lap Best Lap Time
1 37 Ryan Hunter-Reay 23 --.---- --.---- 15 1:10.6346
2 6 Ryan Briscoe 24 0.0634 0.0634 24 1:10.6979
3 11 Tony Kanaan 25 0.0354 0.0988 25 1:10.7334
4 77 Alex Tagliani 22 0.0662 0.1650 19 1:10.7995
5 12 Will Power 29 0.0645 0.2295 24 1:10.8640
6 22 Justin Wilson 22 0.0554 0.2849 20 1:10.9195
7 10 Dario Franchitti 18 0.0090 0.2939 14 1:10.9285
8 32 Mario Moraes 28 0.0358 0.3297 26 1:10.9642
9 3 Helio Castroneves 25 0.0624 0.3921 23 1:11.0267
10 9 Scott Dixon 21 0.0485 0.4406 5 1:11.0751
11 2 Raphael Matos 23 0.0480 0.4886 21 1:11.1231
12 26 Marco Andretti 23 0.0790 0.5676 19 1:11.2022
13 5 Takuma Sato 25 0.1836 0.7512 18 1:11.3858
14 06 Hideki Mutoh 24 0.0123 0.7635 20 1:11.3981
15 78 Simona de Silvestro 25 0.0313 0.7948 19 1:11.4294
16 4 Dan Wheldon 25 0.4854 1.2802 16 1:11.9148
17 8 EJ Viso 25 0.0161 1.2963 23 1:11.9308
18 14 Vitor Meira 24 0.0501 1.3464 8 1:11.9809
19 67 Graham Rahal 20 0.0053 1.3517 15 1:11.9863
20 34 Mario Romancini 27 0.0750 1.4267 10 1:12.0613
21 36 Bertrand Baguette 22 0.0340 1.4607 22 1:12.0952
22 24 Mike Conway 20 0.0897 1.5504 5 1:12.1850
23 7 Danica Patrick 20 0.2267 1.7771 18 1:12.4116
24 19 Alex Lloyd 24 0.0093 1.7864 23 1:12.4210
25 18 Milka Duno 10 14.8792 16.6656 9 1:27.3002

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