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After Indy 500
Rank Driver Points

1. Juan Pablo Montoya 272
2. Will Power 247
3. Scott Dixon 211
4. Helio Castroneves 206
5. Graham Rahal 204
6. Josef Newgarden 173
7. Sebastien Bourdais 161
8. Charlie Kimball 160
9. Marco Andretti 151
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14. Carlos Munoz 122
15. Takuma Sato 106
16. James Jakes 99
17. Gabby Chaves 99
18. Luca Filippi 85
19. Jack Hawksworth 76
20. Stefano Coletti 75
21. Simona de Silvestro 66
22. JR Hildebrand 57
23. Sebastian Saavedra 47
24. Sage Karam 45
25. Francesco Dracone 38
26. Ryan Briscoe 36
27. Townsend Bell 32
28. Carlos Huertas 31
29. Alex Tagliani 27
30. Justin Wilson 25
31. Conor Daly 23
32. Pippa Mann 16
33. Rodolfo Gonzalez 10
34. James Davison 10
35. Tristan Vautier 10
36. Oriol Servia 10
37. Ed Carpenter 10
38. Bryan Clauson 10
39. Buddy Lazier 0

Manufacturers
1. Honda 441
2. Chevrolet 336
Franchitti tops Power in opening IndyCar practice

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Friday, August 20, 2010

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Dario Franchitti
IRL
Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti, defending champion for the race here, turned the fastest lap in Friday's 1-hour practice session for the IndyCars at Infineon Raceway.  His lap of 1m18.2969s just beat Penske Racing's Will Power by just 41 thousandths of a second and FAZZT's Alex Tagliani.

Scott Dixon and Justin Wilson rounded out the top-5.

Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, Ryan Briscoe, Dan Wheldon and Hideki Mutoh rounded out the top-10

Starting up front is always key on the undulating 2.303-mile road course in beautiful Sonoma, California where passing is always difficult, so qualifying up front on Saturday is on everyone’s mind.

The top 16 drivers were separated by just 1-second on Friday and with the track rubbering in more on Saturday one can expect the speeds to increase and the gap to narrow.

Will Power is still a bit careful when he drives through the fast and blind S-turn 3A where he had his bad accident last year that resulted in a broken back.

"I still look for any dust up ahead.  The warning light system is much better than last year, but you are so busy through there it takes full concentration and it's hard to take your eyes off the track to look for the flagman or lights."

Conquest Racing has flipped the numbers of its two IZOD IndyCar Series entries for this weekend's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Bertrand Baguette's RACB/Conquest Racing car will carry the No. 34 while Francesco Dracone's Halkin Jet/LaPasta.biz/Conquest car will carry the No. 36. Baguette is looking forward to the change this weekend which only involved changing the number decals on the car he has driven for most of the season.

"I prefer the No. 34," the Belgian rookie said. "I did all my karting with the No. 34 and even a few of my first single-seater (race cars) had 34. I actually wanted to run 34 this year, but Mario (Romancini) already had it."

While team owner Eric Bachelart hasn't decided what will happen for the rest of the year, Baguette is hopeful that he can put together a strong performance with the number to keep it.

"It's my preferred number and have always done well with it," he said. "I think the change is good and I hope that it is still a lucky number for me."

Another one-hour practice session is slated Saturday morning followed by PEAK Performance Pole Qualifying featuring the Firestone Fast Six. The Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma is scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday.

Results

Rank

No Name Laps Gap Diff Best Lap Time Best Lap Speed
1 10 Dario Franchitti 12 --.---- --.---- 1:18.2969 105.889 mph
2 12 Will Power 13 0.0041 0.0041 1:18.3011 105.884 mph
3 77 Alex Tagliani 19 0.2650 0.2691 1:18.5661 105.526 mph
4 9 Scott Dixon 12 0.0409 0.3100 1:18.6070 105.472 mph
5 22 Justin Wilson 14 0.0091 0.3191 1:18.6161 105.459 mph
6 26 Marco Andretti 17 0.0109 0.3300 1:18.6269 105.445 mph
7 02 Graham Rahal 19 0.0243 0.3543 1:18.6513 105.412 mph
8 6 Ryan Briscoe 14 0.2642 0.6185 1:18.9154 105.059 mph
9 4 Dan Wheldon 21 0.0054 0.6239 1:18.9209 105.052 mph
10 06 Hideki Mutoh 18 0.0342 0.6581 1:18.9551 105.007 mph
11 3 Helio Castroneves 12 0.0176 0.6757 1:18.9727 104.983 mph
12 2 Raphael Matos 13 0.0533 0.7290 1:19.0259 104.912 mph
13 24 JR Hildebrand 15 0.0125 0.7415 1:19.0385 104.896 mph
14 32 Mario Moraes 14 0.0491 0.7906 1:19.0875 104.831 mph
15 11 Tony Kanaan 3 0.0100 0.8006 1:19.0976 104.817 mph
16 37 Ryan Hunter-Reay 15 0.2068 1.0074 1:19.3044 104.544 mph
17 8 EJ Viso 14 0.1231 1.1305 1:19.4274 104.382 mph
18 34 Bertrand Baguette 21 0.0772 1.2077 1:19.5047 104.281 mph
19 14 Vitor Meira 25 0.1014 1.3091 1:19.6060 104.148 mph
20 5 Takuma Sato 21 0.0439 1.3530 1:19.6500 104.09 mph
21 19 Alex Lloyd 18 0.2331 1.5861 1:19.8831 103.787 mph
22 78 Simona de Silvestro 20 0.0967 1.6828 1:19.9797 103.661 mph
23 7 Danica Patrick 18 0.0148 1.6976 1:19.9946 103.642 mph
24 36 Francesco Dracone 23 2.5719 4.2695 1:22.5665 100.414 mph
25 18 Milka Duno 23 1.3644 5.6339 1:23.9308 98.781 mph

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