KV Racing Tops Edmonton Practice

KV Racing Technology teammates Will Power and Oriol Servia swept the top two spots in the first day of practice for the Rexall Edmonton Indy.

Although it's the IndyCar Series first visit to the 14-turn, 1.96-mile street circuit, eight drivers, including Power and Servia, competed at the facility previously.

Power, the 2007 pole sitter, turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 2.3404 seconds, 113.936 mph with Servia less than five-hundredths of a second off the pace (1 minute, 2.3900 seconds, 113.485 mph).

"It was obviously a day to get used to the setup of (an IndyCar Series car)," Power said. "It's much different than a Champ Car. The team's done a great job and we arrived here with a reasonable setup. We definitely improved it after the first session. I think we're in a much better position than we were last week at this time. It would be nice if we could repeat this in qualifying with another 1-2."

Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe were third and fourth, respectively. The two have combined to win the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at the last two races on road/street courses.

Justin Wilson, the Champ Car race winner at Edmonton in 2006, was fifth, followed by series points leader Scott Dixon, Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan and Canada native Paul Tracy. Graham Rahal and Bruno Junqueira rounded out the top 10.

A final practice session is scheduled for Friday morning, followed by the battle for the $10,000 PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award in the afternoon.

The IndyCar Series brings its unique road/street course qualifying format to Edmonton this weekend. After two practice session featuring all cars today, the field is randomly divided into two groups for tomorrow's practice and Segment One of qualifying. The random draw occurred this morning prior to the driver's meeting when the drivers drew either a red chip or a blue chip out of a bag. Drivers with a red chip will be in Group One. Drivers with a blue chip will be in Group Two.

In Segment One of qualifying, each group receives 20 minutes of track time. The fastest six cars from each group advance to Segment Two, while the remaining cars are assigned positions 13-26. Group One drivers will occupy the odd-numbered positions (13, 15, 17...) while Group Two drivers will occupy the even-numbered positions (14, 16, 18...) based on their fastest lap times.

During Segment Two, the 12 advancing cars receive 15 minutes of track time. The fastest six advance to the Firestone Fast Six Shootout while the remaining six cars are ranked in positions 7-12 based on their fastest laps.

During the Firestone Fast Six, the six cars receive 10 minutes of track time, with a guarantee of five minutes of green flag time. Each car receives one additional set of Firestone Firehawk tires for use during this final segment. At the end of the session, the cars are ranked 1-6 based on their fastest laps.

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