Power Tops Friday Practice
April 9, 2010 | 9:16 P.M. EST
The Australian recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 11.1856 seconds in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car on the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park circuit.
"The Verizon Wireless car definitely felt better during the second practice session," Power said. "I think the fact that everyone was running around the track was better, because after the first practice session we were running on Grand-Am rubble and it wasn't real compatible. This was a good start to the weekend, but I am really aware that qualifying means everything around here."
Tony Kanaan, who has started sixth and second the first two races in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven car for Andretti Autosport, was second (1:11.3011).
Power's teammate, Helio Castroneves, was third (1:11.3697) and Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon (1:11.4243) was fourth. Another Andretti Autosport driver, Marco Andretti, was fifth quick (1:11.5446).
Sixteen drivers were within 1 second of the pace-setter, and six teams were represented in the top 10.