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Long Beach IndyCar: Scott Dixon, Ganassi back on top in practice

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon put himself back on top of the IndyCar timesheets at the end of the final practice session in Long Beach

The New Zealander set a time of 1m07.1348s, his fastest of the weekend so far, to lead the way despite overnight showers in the area.

Dixon led Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay by just 0.002 seconds as he went fastest for the fourth time in the last five practice sessions.

Last year's race winner Simon Pagenaud finished third for Penske ahead of Schmidt Peterson's James Hinchcliffe, who led the session in the final 10 minutes but then hit trouble.

The Canadian slowed on track before stopping his Dallara-Honda in the Turn 6 run-off area in the final five minutes with an apparent gearbox issue.

Takuma Sato was fifth fastest above Graham Rahal, Will Power and Josef Newgarden.

Points leader Sebastien Bourdais was ninth, but disrupted the session with an early red flag.

The Frenchman stalled his Dale Coyne Racing Dallara-Honda at the fountain complex between Turns 2 and 3 after damaging the left-hand side of the front wing assembly.

The session was halted for around two minutes, with Bourdais managing to protect the fragile front wing elements and return to the pitlane.

Ganassi's Tony Kanaan also ran into issues, only dragging his name up to 15th in the order late on after spending all but six minutes of the 45-minute session in the pitlane with an electrical problem.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.1348s - 18
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.1350s 0.0002s 15
3 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.1713s 0.0365s 17
4 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m07.1746s 0.0398s 13
5 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.1855s 0.0507s 20
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m07.2286s 0.0938s 22
7 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.2639s 0.1291s 14
8 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.3298s 0.1950s 15
9 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.3428s 0.2080s 17
10 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m07.3923s 0.2575s 23
11 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.5194s 0.3846s 17
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.5470s 0.4122s 21
13 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m07.5581s 0.4233s 17
14 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.6044s 0.4696s 20
15 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m07.6230s 0.4882s 5
16 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.7376s 0.6028s 24
17 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.8959s 0.7611s 15
18 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.0446s 0.9098s 19
19 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.0731s 0.9383s 19
20 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.0997s 0.9649s 24
21 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.1686s 1.0338s 18


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