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Dixon tops Group 2 morning test times
Scott Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, led 15 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers participating in the morning session of the Open Test at Sebring International Raceway.

Dixon had a quick lap of 51.7932 seconds on the 1.67-mile, 11-turn short course in the Honda-powered car, which was a half-second quicker that Helio Castroneves' chart-topping lap from Group 1 on March 5-6.

"We haven't done a lot of laps, but our car right out of the box was pretty decent," said Dixon, who finished third in the 2011 series championship. "We're not really trying to go fast at Sebring, but are trying to cover all the bases before we get to St. Pete."

Mike Conway, driving the No. 14 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing was second (52.6101) and Graham Rahal was third (52.6745) in the No. 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing car.

Rubens Barrichello got in his first official laps as a member of KV Racing Technology (16 total in the morning), with a best of 52.8789 seconds -- sixth on the time sheet.

"I'm still a boy playing with a toy, finding out what the toy is capable of giving you," Barrichello said. "It's good to be back on a track I've been to before (an initial test with KV Racing Technology in late January) because even times I'm on zero but now I'm on 20. I had some laps here, so my mind is open.

"The biggest problem for me will be the fact that I'll run without the (tire) warmers and the learning curve of the tracks with the new car and engines. I've learned tracks really fast in the past, but you're always playing catch-up a little bit."

The Open Test is open to the public each day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). There is a $10 admission charge.

Session 1 Results

Rank Car Driver Name C/E/T Time Speed Diff Gap Total Laps
1 9 Dixon, Scott D/H/F 51.7932 116.077 --.---- --.---- 24
2 14 Conway, Mike D/H/F 52.6101 114.275 0.8169 0.8169 42
3 38 Rahal, Graham D/H/F 52.6745 114.135 0.8813 0.0644 43
4 15 Sato, Takuma D/H/F 52.6871 114.108 0.8939 0.0126 34
5 4 Hildebrand, JR D/C/F 52.8745 113.703 1.0813 0.1874 36
6 8 Barrichello, Rubens D/C/F 52.8789 113.694 1.0857 0.0044 16
7 83 Kimball, Charlie D/H/F 53.3153 112.763 1.5221 0.4364 43
8 5 Viso, EJ D/C/F 53.492 112.391 1.6988 0.1767 13
9 10 Franchitti, Dario D/H/F 53.5343 112.302 1.7411 0.0423 5
10 11 Kanaan, Tony D/C/F 53.6243 112.113 1.8311 0.09 6
11 22 Servia, Oriol D/L/F 54.0925 111.143 2.2993 0.4682 43
12 98 Tagiliani, Alex D/L/F 54.4135 110.487 2.6203 0.321 37
13 27 Beatriz, Ana D/C/F 54.4621 110.389 2.6689 0.0486 45
14 20 Carpenter, Ed D/C/F 58.0828 103.507 6.2896 3.6207 10
15 67 Newgarden, Josef (R) D/H/F 09:04.0 - 11.052 - 2

Open Test lineup

Group 2 (9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. March 8-9):

No. 4 JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing) – Chevrolet
No. 5 E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology) – Chevrolet
No. 6 Katherine Legge (Lotus Dragon Racing) – Lotus
No. 7 Sebastien Bourdais (Lotus Dragon Racing) – Lotus
No. 8 Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology) – Chevrolet
No. 9 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) – Honda
No. 10 Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) – Honda
No. 11 Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology) – Chevrolet
No. 14 Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing) – Honda
No. 15 Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) – Honda
No. 20 Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing) – Chevrolet
No. 22 Oriol Servia (Lotus Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) – Lotus
No. 38 Graham Rahal (Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing) – Honda
No. 67 Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing) – Honda
No. 83 Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing) – Honda
No. 98 Alex Tagliani (Team Barracuda – BHA) – Lotus

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