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Franchitti tops final practice in Sonoma  
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Dario Franchitti set up to break the track record in qualifications for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma with a fast lap of 1 minute, 18.0988 seconds in the morning practice on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course.

It was the fastest lap through three 45-minute sessions.

Franchitti, who won at Sonoma Raceway in 2009 in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, was .2554 of a second faster than Ryan Hunter-Reay in the 45-minute session. Sebastien Bourdais posted the third-fastest time (1:18.5513), while Scott Dixon (1:18.5643) was fourth and Justin Wilson (1:18.5695) was fifth.

The top 14 cars were separated by less than a second.

The three rounds of qualifying for the Verizon P1 Award commence at 5:30 p.m. (ET) with live Timing & Scoring and the IMS Radio Network broadcast on www.indycar.com and the INDYCAR 13 app.

Will Power set the track record of 1 minute, 17.2709 seconds in qualifying in 2012. NBC Sports Network will broadcast qualifications at 9 p.m. (ET) today and has the race broadcast at 4 p.m. Aug. 25.

Driver Car No. Best Time Best Speed Total Laps Difference Gap
Dario Franchitti 10 01:18.0988 109.938 9 --.---- --.----
Ryan Hunter-Reay 1 01:18.3542 109.579 11 0.2554 0.2554
Sebastien Bourdais 7 01:18.5513 109.304 17 0.4525 0.1971
Scott Dixon 9 01:18.5643 109.286 7 0.4655 0.0130
Justin Wilson 19 01:18.5695 109.279 14 0.4707 0.0052
Helio Castroneves 3 01:18.6593 109.154 11 0.5605 0.0898
Marco Andretti 25 01:18.7551 109.022 8 0.6563 0.0958
Charlie Kimball 83 01:18.7604 109.014 12 0.6616 0.0053
Graham Rahal 15 01:18.7912 108.972 15 0.6924 0.0308
Simona De Silvestro 78 01:18.8062 108.951 18 0.7074 0.0150
James Hinchcliffe 27 01:18.8745 108.856 14 0.7757 0.0683
James Jakes 16 01:18.8927 108.831 16 0.7939 0.0182
Tristan Vautier 55 01:18.9115 108.805 11 0.8127 0.0188
Ryan Briscoe 4 01:18.9199 108.794 14 0.8211 0.0084
Will Power 12 01:19.0436 108.624 16 0.9448 0.1237
Sebastian Saavedra 6 01:19.0843 108.568 14 0.9855 0.0407
Simon Pagenaud 77 01:19.0889 108.561 15 0.9901 0.0046
Takuma Sato 14 01:19.0982 108.549 12 0.9994 0.0093
E.J. Viso 5 01:19.1701 108.45 11 1.0713 0.0719
JR Hildebrand 98 01:19.1808 108.435 13 1.0820 0.0107
Tony Kanaan 11 01:19.7045 107.723 14 1.6057 0.5237
Josef Newgarden 67 01:19.9050 107.453 17 1.8062 0.2005
Lucas Luhr 97 01:20.3230 106.893 12 2.2242 0.4180
James Davison 18 01:20.5516 106.59 11 2.4528 0.2286
Ed Carpenter 20 01:20.9619 106.05 19 2.8631 0.4103

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