Briscoe Paces Opening Practice

Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe topped the time chart as IZOD IndyCar Series teams began preparations for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen.

The Australian driver, who has won the last two pole positions at the 3.4-mile road course, set a fast lap of 1 minute, 31.4142 seconds (132.714 mph) in the No. 6 Team Penske Honda-powered Dallara.

"I think we topped the first session last year," Briscoe said. "I'd like to keep things going the way we had it last year. We ended up with pole and ran second in the race. I'd just like to see myself in contention for the win. This is my favorite track on the calendar, and it would be pretty special to win here."

Briscoe's teammate Helio Castroneves was second at 1:31.4974 (132.594), while Scott Dixon, a three-time winner at The Glen, was third at 1:31.6781 (132.333).

"We made about three runs, and the car had pretty good speed," Dixon said. "I messed up on two of my quick laps, and I think there are two- or three-tenths in it, which puts us right in the ballpark. For a first attempt on the first run, I think both of the Team Target cars are pretty good."

Panther Racing's Dan Wheldon (1:31.7830) was fourth with defending race winner Justin Wilson, driving for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, was fifth (1:31.8628). In all, 11 drivers were within .9974 of a second of Briscoe.

PEAK Performance Pole Qualifying for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. (EDT) on July 3. The Firestone Indy Lights will also be on track for the first time.

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