IndyCar St Petersburg: Scott Dixon beats Josef Newgarden in FP3

Scott Dixon topped the third practice session for the IndyCar season opener at St. Petersburg, beating reigning champion Josef Newgarden by one tenth of a second

IndyCar St Petersburg: Scott Dixon beats Josef Newgarden in FP3

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver's time of 1m00.7571s was the first to dip below the 1m01 barrier in the session, and was the only Honda driver to finish in the top five, despite an even split between Honda and Chevrolet powered entrants for much of the session.

All of the times in FP3, which took place in cooler ambient temperatures than Friday's opening pair of sessions, were set on the slower primary black tyre compound.

A late lap from Will Power put him third fastest, behind Penske team-mate Newgarden, while British rookie Jordan King was fourth fastest with a time of 1m01.0321.

King set the fastest time just before the half-hour mark, before Dixon surged to the front, and brought the session to an early end by crashing at the final turn in the closing moments.

Matheus Leist, who headed the opening practice session, was fifth, and caused the other red flag in the session when he was caught out at the tricky Turn 4 after 15 minutes.

Simon Pagenaud was sixth, ahead of Spencer Pigot, who has taken over Ed Carpenter Racing's full-time entry this season.

Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, and veteran Tony Kanaan, in his first event for AJ Foyt Racing, completed the top 10, edging Marco Andretti and Friday pacesetter Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Last year's winner Sebastien Bourdais featured near the top of the times early on but eventually wound up 15th fastest.

Ed Jones, who has switched to Chip Ganassi Racing, was 18th, while Graham Rahal finished one spot behind, the American hampered by traffic on a number of occasions.

20 of the 24 entrants finished within a second of Dixon's best, with Carlin pair Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball, along with newcomers Zachary Claman de Melo and Rene Binder, at the rear.

FP3 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m00.7571s 17
2 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1083s 19
3 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.1147s 18
4 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.2750s 19
5 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.2756s 21
6 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3083s 20
7 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3369s 19
8 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.3561s 16
9 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.3930s 21
10 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 0.5634s 20
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 0.5961s 14
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.5977s 14
13 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.6021s 17
14 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 0.6107s 20
15 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 0.6482s 20
16 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0.7073s 18
17 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.7554s 23
18 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 0.7766s 22
19 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.9137s 22
20 Jack Harvey Michael Shank Racing Dallara/Honda 0.9523s 20
21 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0974s 19
22 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1622s 20
23 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1.1622s 18
24 Rene Binder Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 2.2044s 24


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