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Barber: Kimball leads opening Lights practice  Team PBIR rookie Niall Quinn made a strong first impression by topping the combined practice sessions in Firestone Indy Lights. The Irishman, who recorded a lap of 1:16.8500 in the afternoon session, was followed by series veterans Charlie Kimball and James Hinchcliffe.

Morning Results

Pos Driver/Team No Time Speed Diff Gap
1 Charlie Kimball AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport 26 01:17.0378 107.480 --.---- --.----
2 James Hinchcliffe Team Moore Racing 2 01:17.0415 107.475 0.0037 0.0037
3 Martin Plowman AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport 27 01:17.2388 107.200 0.2010 0.1973
4 Sebastian Saavedra Bryan Herta Autosport 29 01:17.2425 107.195 0.2047 0.0037
5 Stefan Wilson Bryan Herta Autosport 28 01:17.4057 106.969 0.3679 0.1632
6 Jonathan Summerton Walker Racing 40 01:17.5499 106.770 0.5121 0.1442
7 J.K. Vernay Sam Schmidt Motorsports 7 01:17.6439 106.641 0.6061 0.0940
8 Pippa Mann Sam Schmidt Motorsports 11 01:17.8779 106.320 0.8401 0.2340
9 Gustavo Yacaman Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing 10 01:18.0177 106.130 0.9799 0.1398
10 Junior Strous HVM Racing 6 01:18.3241 105.715 1.2863 0.0744
11 James Winslow Sam Schmidt Motorsports 77 01:18.5148 105.458 1.4770 0.1907
12 Philip Major Sam Schmidt Motorsports 49 01:18.5488 105.412 1.5110 0.0340
13 Adrian Campos Jr. Team Moore Racing 22 01:18.8757 104.975 1.8379 0.3269
14 Carmen Jorda Andersen Racing 4 01:20.4262 102.952 3.3884 1.2169
15 Rodrigo Barbosa PDM Racing 18 01:34.4875 87.631 17.4497 14.0613

POST-PRACTICE QUOTES: zzzz

NIALL QUINN (No. 37 Team PBIR, fastest of the day): "It feels pretty good. I came here with no testing and never been in the car before. It was pretty difficult, but I got comfortable on old tires and we tried new tires to simulate a qualifying run and I'm pretty happy. P1 is a good place to be and I want to stay there now. (On being on pace right away): "It was a surprise. I've race against a lot of these guys in junior formulas and I knew how competitive it would be. The team did a great job. We're low on staff this weekend, but to do this shows how good they are."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 26 Levemir FlexPen, second-fastest): "Today was really good. We were quickest this morning, and this afternoon we had a problem with track grip a bit. We ended up P4 in this session, though I know some of the other guys changed to new tires. As hot as it is and the way the track takes the grip out of the tires, that's a big advantage. We're looking forward to qualifying tomorrow morning. The #26 Levemir FlexPlen car has been solid all day, and I think that'll make the difference when it comes to race time on Sunday."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 2 Xtreme Coil Drilling - TMR, third-fastest): "The track is actually a little bit difficult right now. It is a lot hotter here than when we tested back in February since Grand Am hadn't been running then.  It took us a little bit of time to lay down some Firestone rubber, but we are getting there and the track is coming to us. Second is obviously not a bad place to be in and the guy who was at the top ended up putting on new tires at the end. It's a small victory and I think we have a great car for qualifying tomorrow. Let's just hope I can do one position better. "

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