Pocono IndyCar: Marco Andretti still quickest in final practice

Marco Andretti topped the times in the final IndyCar practice session ahead of Sunday's race at Pocono

Pocono IndyCar: Marco Andretti still quickest in final practice

Andretti moved to the top of the screens around mid-way through the 30-minute session with a 219.120mph lap; a pace that remained unbeaten.

Takuma Sato came closest with a late 218.814mph effort, while a similar late push from James Hinchliffe was rewarded with the third-best time.

Scott Dixon, who had led the times early on, finished up fourth-fastest ahead of Ganassi team-mate Dario Franchitti.

The session passed without incident, leaving the teams an uninterrupted chance to fine-tune their cars' handling in traffic ahead of the race on Sunday afternoon.

Andretti Autosport ran its own mini-race simulation during the opening minutes, with Hinchcliffe and Andretti taking turns to draft each other around the 2.5 mile layout, but by the end of the session most cars were running in packs.

Neither EJ Viso nor Alex Tagliani were able to take part following their accidents during qualifying, with BHA working to repair Tagliani's car for the race, and Andretti preparing its back-up car for Viso.

Panther also sat the session out due to Ryan Briscoe's clashing commitments in the American Le Mans Series race at Lime Rock; the team feeling confident that it learned enough from its two test days at the track to stand it in good stead when the Australian arrives for the race.

Pos Driver Team/Engine Time Gap Speed 1. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 41.0734s 219.120 2. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 41.1308s +0.0574s 218.814 3. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 41.1412s +0.0678s 218.759 4. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 41.1814s +0.1080s 218.545 5. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 41.2285s +0.1551s 218.296 6. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 41.2657s +0.1923s 218.099 7. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 41.3138s +0.2404s 217.845 8. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 41.3295s +0.2561s 217.762 9. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 41.3608s +0.2874s 217.597 10. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 41.3651s +0.2917s 217.575 11. Will Power Penske/Chevy 41.4202s +0.3468s 217.285 12. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 41.4227s +0.3493s 217.272 13. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 41.4530s +0.3796s 217.113 14. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 41.4704s +0.3970s 217.022 15. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 41.5411s +0.4677s 216.653 16. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 41.6525s +0.5791s 216.073 17. Pippa Mann Coyne/Honda 41.6788s +0.6054s 215.937 18. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 41.7010s +0.6276s 215.822 19. James Jakes Rahal/Honda 41.7446s +0.6712s 215.597 20. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 41.7497s +0.6763s 215.570 21. Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy 41.8043s +0.7309s 215.289 
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