Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Rossi edges team-mate Sato in third practice

Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi edged team-mate Takuma Sato to take top spot in the third IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio, as Mikhail Aleshin crashed and caused an early red flag

Mid-Ohio IndyCar: Rossi edges team-mate Sato in third practice

Rossi's time of 1m04.2303s came in the closing stages of the 45-minute session, where he traded the top spot with team-mate and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Sato.

Aleshin lost control of his car with just two minutes to go, spinning out in the fast Esses section of the 2.258 mile circuit, hitting the tyre barrier with the rear of his car. The Russian, who had a strong race here last year, finished a lowly 15th.

Scott Dixon was third fastest in his Dallara-Honda, edging his Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Tony Kanaan.

Team Penske's Josef Newgarden was the only Chevrolet to make the top five. He was ahead of his team-mate and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud, who finished in sixth.

Friday pace-setter Ryan Hunter-Reay finished seventh to make it three Andretti Autosport drivers in the top 10.

James Hinchcliffe, Aleshin's Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team-mate, finished eighth fastest.

2015 winner Graham Rahal was ninth, while Helio Castroneves rounded out the top 10.

Will Power had a tough session. He ran out of fuel early in the session, which brought out a red flag, and would eventually finish in a lowly 19th place out of the 21 runners.

PRACTICE THREE RESULT:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m04.2303s - 20
2 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m04.3272s 0.0969s 19
3 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m04.4696s 0.2393s 19
4 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m04.5067s 0.2764s 19
5 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.5579s 0.3276s 13
6 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.6171s 0.3868s 18
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m04.6193s 0.3890s 15
8 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m04.6247s 0.3944s 15
9 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m04.6703s 0.4400s 20
10 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.7137s 0.4834s 18
11 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m04.7883s 0.5580s 17
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m04.8202s 0.5899s 18
13 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m04.8358s 0.6055s 20
14 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m04.8520s 0.6217s 18
15 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m04.9736s 0.7433s 16
16 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.0265s 0.7962s 20
17 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m05.0460s 0.8157s 16
18 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.1167s 0.8864s 13
19 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.1600s 0.9297s 18
20 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.2571s 1.0268s 19
21 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m05.2703s 1.0400s 20
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