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Long Beach IndyCar: Will Power sets the pace in final practice

Will Power emerged as the pacesetter from another close practice session on the streets of Long Beach to set the fastest time in IndyCar's final outing before qualifying.

Several drivers took turns at the top as the times continued to fall during the 45-minute session, with Power finally claiming it for good with a 1m08.1696s.

That was the fastest lap seen so far this weekend, although it was only barely enough to keep the Australian ahead of Josef Newgarden, whose own best effort fell short by just 0.022 seconds.

The spicy rivalry that IndyCar needs

As was the case with the second practice session on Friday, the top 19 cars were covered by less than a second.

James Hinchcliffe relied on his final flying lap to jump to third fastest ahead of Sebastien Bourdais, leaving 2012 series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay to round out the top five.

Juan Pablo Montoya's encouraging start to the weekend continued when he backed up his top 10 speed from second practice by going eighth fastest.

Montoya is one of five previous Long Beach winners on the grid this weekend; the Colombian having earned the first CART win of his career at the venue in 1999.

Follow the Long Beach IndyCar race as it happens on AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live from 9.30pm UK time on Sunday April 13

Pos Driver               Team/Engine       Time        Gap      Laps
 1. Will Power           Penske/Chevy      1m08.1696s             17         
 2. Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda      1m08.1718s  +0.0022s   18         
 3. James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Honda    1m08.3552s  +0.1856s   20         
 4. Sebastien Bourdais   KV/Chevy          1m08.4456s  +0.2750s   19         
 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Honda    1m08.5396s  +0.3600s   20         
 6. Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda       1m08.5369s  +0.3673s   20         
 7. Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda     1m08.5513s  +0.3817s   15         
 8. Juan Pablo Montoya   Penske/Chevy      1m08.5605s  +0.3909s   19         
 9. Jack Hawksworth      Herta/Honda       1m08.6148s  +0.4452s   20         
10. Mike Conway          Carpenter/Chevy   1m08.6634s  +0.4938s   16         
11. Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy      1m08.6926s  +0.5230s   23         
12. Ryan Briscoe         Ganassi/Chevy     1m08.7153s  +0.5457s   13         
13. Mikhail Aleshin      Schmidt/Honda     1m08.7912s  +0.6216s    9         
14. Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Chevy     1m08.8731s  +0.7035s   22         
15. Carlos Huertas       Coyne/Honda       1m09.0018s  +0.8322s   21         
16. Tony Kanaan          Ganassi/Chevy     1m09.0230s  +0.8534s   23         
17. Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda        1m09.0718s  +0.9022s   21         
18. Carlos Munoz         Andretti/Honda    1m09.0837s  +0.9141s   21         
19. Oriol Servia         Rahal/Honda       1m09.1291s  +0.9595s   16         
20. Graham rahal         Rahal/Honda       1m09.1812s  +1.0116s   21         
21. Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Chevy     1m09.1976s  +1.0280s   22         
22. Marco Andretti       Andretti/Honda    1m09.2509s  +1.0813s   14         
23. Sebastian Saavedra   KV/Chevy          1m09.8116s  +1.6420s   14    
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