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04/16/10
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Indy Lights Friday news from Long Beach
In Firestone Indy Lights practice, Sebastian Saavedra, driving the No. 29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Autosport car, topped the time chart for the Grand Prix of Long Beach at 1:15.1732.

James Hinchcliffe in the No. 2 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling entry was second (1:15.4583), and Martin Plowman was third in the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing car for AFS Racing Andretti Autosport.

Charlie Kimball, who posted a career-best second on the Barber Motorsports Park road course, was fourth quick (1:15.8785) in the No. 26 Levemir FlexPen car for AFS Racing Andretti Autsport. J.K. Vernay, who has won the first two races of the season, was fifth on the chart (1:15.9426) in the No. 7 Lucas Oil/CJ/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car.

Sebastian Saavedra
The top two drivers in today Indy Lights practice talked about the track at this year’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.

AR1: How is the track this year?
James Hinchcliffe: "The track has some good grip this year, I think because the IndyCar guys got out there before us. So the grip is good, but it is bumpier than last year, especially in the braking zones for turn 1 which has kind of a washboard thing going on. Turns 8 and 9 have some isolated bumps too that I don't really recall noticing last year.

Sebastian Saavedra: "Yeah, the track is a little bumpier than last year, but the braking points seem about the same, and the grip is good. We saw a lot of guys locking brakes over the bumps in the braking zones too. There are some good passing spots for these cars at this track. Turn one is always good, and 9 is obvious too, but if you are on top of things 6 and 8 can be good spots to catch people off guard."

AR1: Who do think will be tough competition this weekend?
JH: Well Sebastian here is always tough, and he raced here last year so I expect to see him up front, along with Vernay and Plowman. Those guys are tough and running really well right now.

SS: Vernay is going to be up there for sure, and we really need to get him off the podium here and keep things interesting. The Andretti team will be tough here in general, and I know because I drove for them last year. I know their process and they know this track really well.

Sebastian also hinted that he has an announcement to make about some upcoming plans that we have agreed not to talk about, but are not hard to predict, given the team and sponsor he is currently with. He also has Roberto Guerrero for a mentor.

Results

Pos

Driver/Team No. Time Speed Diff Gap
1 Sebastian Saavedra Bryan Herta Autosport 29 01:15.1732 94.246 --.---- --.----
2 James Hinchcliffe Team Moore Racing 2 01:15.4583 93.890 0.2851 0.2851
3 Martin Plowman AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport 27 01:15.4703 93.875 0.2971 0.0120
4 Charlie Kimball AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport 26 01:15.8785 93.370 0.7053 0.4082
5 J.K. Vernay Sam Schmidt Motorsports 7 01:15.9426 93.292 0.7694 0.0641
6 Junior Strous HVM Racing 6 01:16.1961 92.981 1.0229 0.2535
7 Pippa Mann Sam Schmidt Motorsports 11 01:16.2737 92.887 1.1005 0.0776
8 Gustavo Yacaman Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing 10 01:16.5840 92.510 1.4108 0.3103
9 Dan Clarke Walker Racing 40 01:16.5876 92.506 1.4144 0.0036
10 Adrian Campos Jr. Team Moore Racing 22 01:16.5975 92.494 1.4243 0.0099
11 Philip Major Sam Schmidt Motorsports 49 01:16.6979 92.373 1.5247 0.1004
12 Stefan Wilson Bryan Herta Autosport 28 01:16.9917 92.020 1.8185 0.2938
13 James Winslow Sam Schmidt Motorsports 77 01:17.0436 91.958 1.8704 0.0519
14 Tonis Kasemets Team PBIR 35 01:17.3929 91.543 2.2197 0.3493
15 Joel Miller Andersen Racing 5 01:17.8519 91.004 2.6787 0.4590
16 Carmen Jorda Andersen Racing 4 01:18.9741 89.710 3.8009 1.1222
17 Rodrigo Barbosa PDM Racing 18 01:19.1069 89.560 3.9337 0.1328
18 Niall Quinn Team PBIR 37 01:19.4529 89.170 4.2797 0.3460

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