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.
Charlie Kimball AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport
James Hinchcliffe Team Moore Racing
Martin Plowman AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport
Sebastian Saavedra Bryan Herta Autosport
Stefan Wilson Bryan Herta Autosport
Jonathan Summerton Walker Racing
J.K. Vernay Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Pippa Mann Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Gustavo Yacaman Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing
Junior Strous HVM Racing
James Winslow Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Philip Major Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Adrian Campos Jr. Team Moore Racing
Carmen Jorda Andersen Racing
Rodrigo Barbosa PDM Racing
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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