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Simon Pagenaud fastest in wet IndyCar practice at Indianapolis

Simon Pagenaud, Indianapolis 2014

Simon Pagenaud has gone fastest in a wet third IndyCar practice session on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The track was at its wettest early on but Pagenaud remained the benchmark as the conditions changed to dry-ish and then back to damp again, finishing up with a fastest time of 1m23.1597s.

Only Jack Hawksworth had any sort of answer to the Frenchman; the rookie briefly improving on Pagenaud's then-best lap by 0.0009s to hold the top spot for a couple of minutes before the French driver improved upon it.

Hawksworth also improved his time, although not sufficiently to reclaim his place at the head of the charts.

But it was enough to keep him ahead of everyone else, while James Hinchcliffe produced his best lap right at the end to finish up third-fastest.

Will Power and Carlos Munoz rounded out the top five on a morning littered with spins.

Ryan Briscoe caused the only stoppage of any real consequence when he skated off at Turn 6 early on, although his car was retrieved quickly and the session restated with little delay.

Mikhail Aleshin also brought out the reds when he spun and stopped in the middle of the back straight, although at that point there was less than 30 seconds remaining in the session.

The list of drivers who spun and got away with it was long: Power took to the grass twice, while Scott Dixon, Sebastian Saavedra, Sebastien Bourdais and Tony Kanaan also survived off-track adventures.

Further rain is forecast ahead of qualifying later today.

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Pos  Driver              Team/Engine      Time        Gap      Laps
 1.  Simon Pagenaud      Schmidt/Honda    1m23.1597s            21 
 2.  Jack Hawksworth     Herta/Honda      1m23.1732s  +0.0135s  16 
 3.  James Hinchcliffe   Andretti/Honda   1m23.3126s  +0.1529s  17 
 4.  Will Power          Penske/Chevy     1m23.3589s  +0.1992s  20 
 5.  Carlos Munoz        Andretti/Honda   1m23.3622s  +0.2025s  18 
 6.  Sebastien Bourdais  KV/Chevy         1m23.3655s  +0.2058s  17 
 7.  Scott Dixon         Ganassi/Chevy    1m23.3890s  +0.2293s  13 
 8.  Sebastian Saavedra  KV/Chevy         1m23.3944s  +0.2347s  22 
 9.  Helio Castroneves   Penske/Chevy     1m23.5409s  +0.3812s  20 
10.  Josef Newgarden     Fisher/Honda     1m23.5493s  +0.3896s  18 
11.  Mikhail Aleshin     Schmidt/Honda    1m23.6669s  +0.5072s  10 
12.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Penske/Chevy     1m23.6836s  +0.5239s  12 
13.  Ryan Hunter-Reay    Andretti/Honda   1m23.7524s  +0.5927s  14 
14.  Tony Kanaan         Ganassi/Chevy    1m23.8611s  +0.7014s  13 
15.  Marco Andretti      Andretti/Honda   1m23.8641s  +0.7044s  17 
16.  Martin Plowman      Foyt/Honda       1m24.0121s  +0.8524s  13 
17.  Justin Wilson       Coyne/Honda      1m24.0300s  +0.8703s  13 
18.  Carlos Huertas      Coyne/Honda      1m24.0455s  +0.8858s  13 
19.  Franck Montagny     Andretti/Honda   1m24.1706s  +1.0109s  17 
20.  Mike Conway         Carpenter/Chevy  1m24.3799s  +1.2202s  17 
21.  Takuma Sato         Foyt/Honda       1m24.4363s  +1.2766s  16 
22.  Ryan Briscoe        Ganassi/Chevy    1m24.5152s  +1.3555s  12 
23.  Graham Rahal        Rahal/Honda      1m24.5310s  +1.3713s  9  
24.  Charlie Kimball     Ganassi/Chevy    1m24.7956s  +1.6359s  15 
25.  Oriol Servia        Rahal/Honda      1m24.9499s  +1.7902s  11 
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