Thursday, August 18, 2011
Franchitti on top in first practice
Dario Franchitti was fastest in the opening practice session for this weekend's IndyCar Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The defending series champion completed just 21 laps of the oval in his Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara, but wasted little time in knocking Marco Andretti from the top of the timesheets with a lap in 21.742s. Andretti, who had sat at the head of the standings since the early stages of the session in his Andretti Autosport car, was knocked down to fourth place, but improved his pace late on and pulled himself back up to second in a time 0.190s slower than Franchitti's best.