Ryan Briscoe led a Penske one-two in the final free practice session before IndyCar qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Australian and his team-mate Helio Castroneves were in separate groups in the split session, and each emerged on top of their respective half-hour of running. Briscoe's 24.3977s time from the first session stood as the best of the afternoon, beating Castroneves' later effort by 0.0530s.
Thursday night pace-setter Dan Wheldon moved up to third for Panther late on. Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti took fourth and sixth, split by Mario Moraes (KV), another man to move up with his last run.
Newman/Haas/Lanigan got both cars in the top ten with Graham Rahal seventh and Robert Doornbos 10th. Ed Carpenter took eighth for Vision Racing, with Sarah Fisher an impressive fourth in session one in her self-run car. She ended up ninth in combined times.
With every other session and the race taking place in the evening, the hot afternoon conditions of final practice were of limited relevance. Andretti Green Racing therefore chose to leave Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti's cars in the paddock, having been happy with their set-ups last night, while their team-mates Tony Kanaan and Hideki Mutoh completed relatively few laps.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Ryan Briscoe Penske 24.3977s
2. Helio Castroneves Penske 24.4507s + 0.0530s
3. Dan Wheldon Panther 24.4672s + 0.0695s
4. Scott Dixon Ganassi 24.4718s + 0.0741s
5. Mario Moraes KV 24.4788s + 0.0811s
6. Dario Franchitti Ganassi 24.4819s + 0.0842s
7. Graham Rahal Newman/Haas/Lanigan 24.5031s + 0.1054s
8. Ed Carpenter Vision 24.5512s + 0.1535s
9. Sarah Fisher Fisher 24.5649s + 0.1672s
10. Robert Doornbos Newman/Haas/Lanigan 24.5790s + 0.1813s
11. Justin Wilson Coyne 24.6106s + 0.2129s
12. AJ Foyt IV Foyt 24.6487s + 0.2510s
13. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 24.6511s + 0.2534s
14. Alex Tagliani Conquest 24.6570s + 0.2593s
15. EJ Viso HVM 24.6772s + 0.2795s
16. Mike Conway Dreyer & Reinbold 24.7477s + 0.3500s
17. Raphael Matos Luczo Dragon 24.7774s + 0.3797s
18. Ryan Hunter-Reay Vision 24.8040s + 0.4063s
19. Jaques Lazier 3G 24.8757s + 0.4780s
20. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold 24.8940s + 0.4963s
21. Hideki Mutoh Andretti Green 25.1336s + 0.7359s
22. Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold 25.2691s + 0.8714s
23. Danica Patrick Andretti Green
24. Marco Andretti Andretti Green