Originally written on Indy Racing Revolution  |  Last updated 3/30/12
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In no surprise whatsoever, Will Power led this morning's initial practice session for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, hitting the top of the charts on just his fourth lap of the session. His time of 71.2886 seconds was two-tenths quicker than the second-place lap that belonged to Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.

Toward the tail end of the session, Takuma Sato and Rubens Barrichello both broke into the Top 5 and wound up third and fifth on the charts respectively. The two sandwiched promising rookie Josef Newgarden, who continues to come strong so far.

The morning ended badly for Justin Wilson, who suffered an engine fire during the session on his No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda. The team is now putting in a new engine and in an interview with the IMS Radio Network, Wilson was unsure of if the team could be back out for the afternoon session

Unfortunately, I won't be around this afternoon for the second practice session. But here are the times for the first session that just concluded minutes ago:

Rank
Car Driver Engine Diff. BL LL Gap TL BL# 1
Will Power 0 1:11.2886 1:14.3525 0 16 5 2
Helio Castroneves 0.2124 1:11.5010 1:13.5427 0.2124 18 6 3
Takuma Sato 0.2722 1:11.5608 1:11.6738 0.0598 21 20 4
Josef Newgarden 0.2998 1:11.5884 1:15.4036 0.0276 19 3 5
Rubens Barrichello 0.3142 1:11.6028 1:13.8907 0.0144 25 21 6
Marco Andretti 0.3377 1:11.6263 1:11.6263 0.0235 17 17 7
Tony Kanaan 0.3914 1:11.6800 1:49.1206 0.0537 19 18 8
Simon Pagenaud 0.4129 1:11.7015 1:11.7015 0.0215 15 15 9
Dario Franchitti 0.4529 1:11.7415 1:11.7415 0.0400 16 16 10
Graham Rahal 0.6643 1:11.9529 1:12.6386 0.2114 20 19 11
James Hinchcliffe 0.7434 1:12.0320 1:15.4788 0.0791 14 5 12
JR Hildebrand 0.7678 1:12.0564 1:12.3616 0.0244 18 5 13
Scott Dixon 0.7940 1:12.0826 1:14.3553 0.0262 13 7 14
Mike Conway 0.9048 1:12.1934 1:14.7272 0.1108 17 5 15
Ryan Briscoe 0.9265 1:12.2151 1:14.3169 0.0217 13 4 16
Sebastien Bourdais 1.1932 1:12.4818 1:12.4818 0.2667 23 23 17
James Jakes 1.2132 1:12.5018 1:14.8381 0.0200 23 5 18
EJ Viso 1.2156 1:12.5042 1:14.8759 0.0024 12 3 19
Ryan Hunter-Reay 1.3351 1:12.6237 1:13.9365 0.1195 12 2 20
Simona de Silvestro 1.4502 1:12.7388 1:13.6790 0.1151 24 18 21
Charlie Kimball 1.8011 1:13.0897 1:13.5488 0.3509 13 9 22
Alex Tagliani 2.1860 1:13.4746 1:15.0052 0.3849 16 15 23
Oriol Servia 2.2074 1:13.4960 1:13.4960 0.0214 7 7 24
Justin Wilson 2.6148 1:13.9034 1:15.7964 0.4074 3 2 25
Ed Carpenter 3.2831 1:14.5717 1:16.8343 0.6683 17 14 26
Katherine Legge 5.0261 1:16.3147 1:18.2956 1.7430 20 12
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