Tony Kanaan leads final practice at Texas

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Tony Kanaan appears ready to make his way from 13th starting position in tomorrow night’s Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway (8:30 pm ET, check local listings), as he led final practice tonight on the 1.5-mile oval with a lap at 218.551 miles per hour in the No. 11 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet.

Kanaan won at Texas in 2004 and was a contender for the win there last season, but wound up relegated to an 11th-place finish after getting his front wing damaged in a late restart incident with Will Power.

James Hinchcliffe is hoping his up-and-down season hits another peak this weekend in Fort Worth. He’ll start 12th on Saturday night but posted the second-fastest time in tonight’s practice at 217.575 mph in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Chevrolet.

Power, your pole sitter for Saturday, was third-fastest at 217.134 mph in the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet. He was followed by a pair of Hondas in Scott Dixon (fourth-quickest, 216.710 mph) and James Jakes (fifth-quickest, 216.572 mph), who comes to Texas after claiming his best IndyCar finish to date with a runner-up effort in the second Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit race last Sunday.

Takuma Sato, Simona de Silvestro, Detroit Dual 2 winner Simon Pagenaud, Dario Franchitti and Pippa Mann rounded out the Top-10. Both de Silvestro and Pagenaud, along with rookie Tristan Vautier, will be hit with 10-spot grid penalties tomorrow night for unapproved engine changes.