Hunter-Reay Tops Friday
April 16, 2010 | 11:31 P.M. EST
Just one second separated the top 15 cars as drivers and teams prepared for the three rounds of qualifications Saturday and the race Sunday. VERSUS will televise qualifying live at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday and the race at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday.
Three teams were represented in the top five in practice under sunny Southern California skies Friday.
Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe (1:10.6980) was second, and Tony Kanaan finished third through the two practices (1:10.7334) in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven car fielded by Andretti Autosport. FAZZT Race Team driver Alex Tagliani (1:10.7996) was fourth quick, and Will Power, who won the first two races of the season in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, was fifth (1:10.8641).
Defending race winner and IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti was seventh at 1:10.9285.
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.