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Franchitti, Dixon have top practice runs

May 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM   |   Comments

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INDIANAPOLIS, May 25 (UPI) -- Former winners Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon turned in the fastest laps Friday in the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500.

Franchitti was clocked at 222.360 and Dixon at 222.274.

The race will be Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s.

"It was slippery out there today, more so than all month," two-time Indy 500 winner Franchitti said after 42 practice laps around the 1.5-mile track.

He won the race in 2007 and 2010.

"We didn't make a whole lot of changes and the car felt pretty strong," said Dixon, the 2008 winner.

Franchitti and Dixon will start in the middle of the 33-car field.

The pole position was won last week by Ryan Briscoe, who had the fifth fastest practice run after Franchitti, Dixon, Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves had the 11th fastest practice time.

Castroneves won in 2001, 2002 and 2009. Another victory would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser for the most Indy 500 wins.

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