Barber IndyCar: Power leads as Penske fills top three spots

Will Power topped the timesheets in the third practice session for IndyCar's Barber Motorsports Park round

Barber IndyCar: Power leads as Penske fills top three spots

Power set a 1m06.995s, the fastest time of the weekend so far, to lead the way, joined at the top by Penske team-mates Josef Newgarden and Helio Castroneves after they made late improvements.

Newgarden got closest, but wound up 0.104 seconds slower than Power and could not join him in the 1m06s bracket.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' Mikhail Aleshin was fourth and the top Honda driver, setting a lap just 0.265s slower than Power despite a slight excursion at Turn 1 in the early stages.

Simon Pagenaud was unable to help Penske lock out the top four positions for the second time this weekend, setting the fifth fastest time of the session.

James Hinchcliffe finished sixth, setting a time just 0.0004s slower than Pagenaud to put both Schmidt Peterson entries into the top six.

Ganassi's Scott Dixon was seventh fastest by a mere 0.005s from Marco Andretti, who was fastest in the second practice session on Friday.

The top 10 was completed by Graham Rahal and Max Chilton, with Ryan Hunter-Reay just missing out after a large spin at Turn 14 in the closing stages.

The Andretti Autosport driver spun back onto the track, narrowly avoiding the oncoming Hinchcliffe.

Ed Carpenter Racing endured a trying morning, as both Spencer Pigot and Zach Veach had off-track moments, but a cleaner 45 minutes ensured that - unlike Friday's sessions - no red flags were brought out.

Conor Daly's running was delayed, as electrical issues hit his Chevrolet-powered AJ Foyt Racing entry at the start of the session.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.9953s - 13
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.0993s 0.1040s 12
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.1901s 0.1948s 18
4 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m07.2603s 0.2650s 15
5 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.3459s 0.3506s 17
6 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m07.3463s 0.3510s 17
7 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.3499s 0.3546s 19
8 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.3551s 0.3598s 11
9 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m07.5245s 0.5292s 22
10 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.5361s 0.5408s 17
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.5522s 0.5569s 14
12 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.6261s 0.6308s 17
13 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.6884s 0.6931s 19
14 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.7022s 0.7069s 21
15 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.8113s 0.8160s 17
16 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.8531s 0.8578s 23
17 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m07.8653s 0.8700s 21
18 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.9375s 0.9422s 19
19 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.9912s 0.9959s 16
20 Zach Veach Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.6188s 1.6235s 20
21 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.6202s 1.6249s 7


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