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Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Ganassi's Scott Dixon fastest in practice again

Scott Dixon continues to set the early-weekend pace at Mid-Ohio after topping the third IndyCar practice session on Saturday morning

The Ganassi driver, who was also fastest on Friday, waited until his final flying lap to post his 1m05.1209s, leaving him more than 0.3 seconds clear of second-fastest Josef Newgarden's CFH car.

Charlie Kimball finished up in third ahead of Sebastien Bourdais, while Andretti duo Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti clocked in as the fastest Hondas at fifth and sixth respectively.

Unlike Friday's red flag-filled sessions, the drivers started Saturday with an unbroken spell of green flag conditions to work with.

There were a couple of close calls though, the most spectacular coming when Luca Filippi lost the rear of his CFH Racing car and completed a neat 360 degree spin.

But he managed to gather it up without stalling, and the track was cleared after a brief flurry of local yellows.

Most of the real drama took place in the pits, starting when Penske's Simon Pagenaud detected a strange engine note while on his installation lap. He returned to his pit box, and missed the rest of the session while the problem was being diagnosed.

Stefano Coletti's morning also ended early, although that was by choice: the KV rookie reported that he was feeling unwell, and elected to park his car in order to be as fresh as possible for qualifying later on Saturday.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.1209s - 20
2 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.4833s 0.3624s 21
3 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.5096s 0.3887s 25
4 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.5310s 0.4101s 19
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m05.5970s 0.4761s 22
6 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m05.6107s 0.4898s 20
7 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.6144s 0.4935s 21
8 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.6216s 0.5007s 21
9 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m05.6347s 0.5138s 22
10 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.7038s 0.5829s 21
11 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m05.7663s 0.6454s 22
12 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m05.7690s 0.6481s 18
13 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m05.8231s 0.7022s 19
14 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m05.8299s 0.7090s 26
15 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.8641s 0.7432s 17
16 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.9295s 0.8086s 22
17 Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m05.9330s 0.8121s 24
18 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.9574s 0.8365s 27
19 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.9976s 0.8767s 25
20 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m06.3385s 1.2176s 23
21 Rodolfo Gonzalez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m06.5120s 1.3911s 25
22 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m06.5166s 1.3957s 23
23 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m06.5933s 1.4724s 24
24 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.8110s 13.6901s 2

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