Ryan Briscoe led a Team Penske 1-2 sweep at the end of IndyCar's Friday practice in Long Beach, heading teammate Will Power.
Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay had been in front going into the closing stages, but late quick laps from Briscoe and Power saw the Penske duo hit the front, 0.1482sec apart. Scott Dixon was also quick for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, taking fourth behind Hunter-Reay with a time 0.2807sec down on Briscoe. Dixon's series champion teammate Dario Franchitti was outside the top 10 in both sessions today.
"It is very competitive around this track," said Power. "You can see how close the times are together. We were running on new tires and it turned into a really good session for us. We will make a few changes for tomorrow and see if we can get another pole."
Alex Tagliani took Sam Schmidt Motorsports to an excellent fifth position, ahead of Penske's third driver Helio Castroneves, Andretti's Marco Andretti and a very strong eighth place for Foyt's Vitor Meira.
Justin Wilson had a few trips down run-off areas on the way to taking ninth for Dreyer & Reinbold, ahead of Newman/Haas' Oriol Servia.
The session only saw two yellows, one so that James Jakes' Dale Coyne Racing car could be retrieved, and one for an early crash by returnee Paul Tracy, who put his Dragon Racing car in the Turn 5 wall on only his third lap of the session.