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NOLA IndyCar: Scott Dixon leads practice three for Ganassi

Scott Dixon topped the times in the third practice session for this weekend's inaugural IndyCar race at NOLA

On a track that had dried out following Friday's rain-affected second practice, the Ganassi driver posted the day's first sub-1m19s lap roughly halfway into the session.

He made a couple of subsequent improvements to finish up at 1m18.5538s, 0.3 seconds faster than the benchmark set on Friday by his team-mate Tony Kanaan.

Penske's Simon Pagenaud came within 0.05s of matching Dixon's time, while BHA rookie Gabby Chaves was just 0.05s further adrift as the best of the Honda-powered runners behind the leading Chevrolets.

Reigning champion Will Power enjoyed a brief stint on top before his time was beaten by Dixon, and he finished up fourth-fastest ahead of Ganassi rookie Sage Karam.

In contrast to Friday's proliferation of red flags, the session was relatively incident-free.

Kanaan and James Hinchcliffe both caused brief stoppages with harmless spins, but the only real delay came right at the start, when a telemetry problem resulted in the green flag being waved 15 minutes late.

RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.5538s -
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.6119s 0.0581s
3 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m18.7220s 0.1682s
4 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.7246s 0.1708s
5 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.7741s 0.2203s
6 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m18.8226s 0.2688s
7 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.8422s 0.2884s
8 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.8571s 0.3033s
9 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.8811s 0.3273s
10 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m18.9564s 0.4026s
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m19.0127s 0.4589s
12 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m19.0539s 0.5001s
13 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 1m19.1176s 0.5638s
14 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m19.2155s 0.6617s
15 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m19.2398s 0.6860s
16 Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m19.2514s 0.6976s
17 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m19.4303s 0.8765s
18 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m19.5671s 1.0133s
19 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m19.5893s 1.0355s
20 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m19.7001s 1.1463s
21 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m19.8662s 1.3124s
22 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m20.1590s 1.6052s
23 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m20.3860s 1.8322s
24 Francesco Dracone Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m21.2409s 2.6871s


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