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Long Beach IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud and Penske lead practice three

A last-lap flyer from Simon Pagenaud was rewarded with the fastest lap in the third practice session for this weekend's IndyCar race in Long Beach

Pagenaud leapt to the top in the final seconds with a best time of 1m07.0304s, beating Penske team-mate Penske Helio Castroneves by just over 0.1 seconds.

Reigning series champion Will Power, who had been quickest for most of the session, completed a Team Penske one-two-three. Their team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya was only 15th.

Ganassi's Scott Dixon and Sebastian Saavedra were fourth and fifth-fastest respectively, leaving sixth-fastest Graham Rahal as the quickest Honda-powered driver for Rahal Letterman Lanigan.

The session was interrupted just once by red flags when Jack Hawksworth spun to a stop in the middle of the track, although it narrowly avoided another when Stefano Coletti clouted the inside wall at the final corner. The rookie managed to manhandle his damaged car back to the pits under greens.

Conor Daly, who received a last-minute call-up to replace the injured Rocky Moran Jr in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing car, spent most of the session getting his bearings but managed to finish the morning 0.6s clear of team-mate Francesco Dracone.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.0304s -
2 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.2084s 0.1780s
3 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.3887s 0.3583s
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.4018s 0.3714s
5 Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.4164s 0.3860s
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m07.5176s 0.4872s
7 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.5880s 0.5576s
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.6169s 0.5865s
9 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.6783s 0.6479s
10 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.6844s 0.6540s
11 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m07.7144s 0.6840s
12 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m07.8899s 0.8595s
13 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.9725s 0.9421s
14 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.9831s 0.9527s
15 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.9889s 0.9585s
16 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m08.0203s 0.9899s
17 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m08.0480s 1.0176s
18 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.1130s 1.0826s
19 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m08.1310s 1.1006s
20 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m08.2849s 1.2545s
21 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.3037s 1.2733s
22 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.8444s 1.8140s
23 Francesco Dracone Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m09.5185s 2.4881s

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