Power Fastest, Meira Crashes
June 17, 2011 | 7:06 P.M. EST
Meira: "I was trying hard and it stepped out on me." (Photo: IndyCar Media)
IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Will Power topped the opening practice session as teams began preparations for the Milwaukee 225 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone, turned a lap of 21.7957 seconds (167.648 mph). His closest pursuer in the point standings, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti, was second at 167.462 mph in the No. 10 Downy car, while Helio Castroneves was third in the No. 3 Guidepoint Systems car at 167.368 mph.
"The Verizon car felt really good today," Power said. "We just did a full-tank run at the end of practice to see what the car was like over a stint and we made no changes. The car feels really good." (About racing at Milwaukee): "This is the oval that I've been to the most, and it's a very fun place to drive. It can be a hard place to pass in the race, but if you have a good car it's a great place."
Alex Tagliani and Vitor Meira were uninjured in separate incidents in Turn 4 during the session. Tagliani's team was able to repair the car and he returned to practice at the end of the session while Meira's car was too damaged to continue.
"I was trying hard and it stepped out on me," Meira said. "I'm sure the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing crew will put the car together better than it was and we'll go race."