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IndyCar St Petersburg: Dixon goes fastest again in final practice

Scott Dixon topped third practice for the IndyCar season-opener on the streets of St Peterburg as Honda-powered cars dominated the final session before qualifying

Ganassi driver Dixon, who was also fastest in Friday's second practice, set the pace with a 1m01.624s lap set midway through the final the session to head James Hinchliffe.

Schmidt Peterson driver Hinchcliffe became the first man to break into the 1m01s so far during the weekend but eventually had to settle for second, 0.042 seconds behind Dixon.

Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi was third for Andretti, ahead of former F1 driver Max Chilton and late improver Sebastien Bourdais.

Practice one pacesetter Marco Andretti ended the session in sixth place, just under two tenths off four-time champion Dixon's benchmark.

New Penske recruit Josef Newgarden was the first Chevrolet runner on the timesheets in seventh, recording a time less than 0.2s sower than Dixon's, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan next up.

Newgarden's Penske team-mates Will Power, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves finished 10th, 11th and 15th.

Times continued to tumble following Friday's running, although they were still a little way off last year's quickest practice laps due to Turn 3 being reconfigured to make it slower.

Just 1.1 seconds separated the fastest and slowest laps in practice three, set by Dixon and AJ Foyt's Conor Daly - in 21st - respectively.

THIRD PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.6240s - 18
2 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.6660s 0.0420s 22
3 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m01.7015s 0.0775s 19
4 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.7477s 0.1237s 17
5 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.7634s 0.1394s 24
6 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.8085s 0.1845s 19
7 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.8229s 0.1989s 17
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.8550s 0.2310s 20
9 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.8562s 0.2322s 22
10 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.9166s 0.2926s 13
11 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.0310s 0.4070s 25
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m02.0345s 0.4105s 20
13 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m02.0793s 0.4553s 27
14 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.3289s 0.7049s 21
15 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.3314s 0.7074s 12
16 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.4174s 0.7934s 22
17 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m02.4205s 0.7965s 19
18 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.4207s 0.7967s 24
19 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m02.4928s 0.8688s 20
20 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m02.5968s 0.9728s 22
21 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m02.7788s 1.1548s 21


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