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Road America IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud leads all-Penske top four

Simon Pagenaud led an all-Penske top four in third practice for the Road America IndyCar race, beating his team-mates Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden

Reigning series champion Pagenaud left it until the closing stages of the 45-minute session to take top spot from Power, with a time of 1m42.0439.

Power was over a quarter of a second behind Pagenaud, with Castroneves a further tenth behind.

Newgarden was fourth fastest in the fourth Penske entry, with his fastest time coming right at the very end of the session.

He had beached his Dallara-Chevrolet at Turn 14 20 minutes into the session, but was able to continue after being recovered.

That corner caught out Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay on Friday.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was the fastest Honda-powered driver in fifth place, ahead of Andretti Autosport runner Marco Andretti.

Spencer Pigot impressed with seventh place, but was over a second behind Pagenaud.

Graham Rahal was eighth, fractionally faster than James Hinchcliffe.

Hunter-Reay rounded out the top 10.

Max Chilton was 12th fastest despite only setting four timed laps due to a delay in a brake change.

Mikhail Aleshin, who did not run on Friday due to immigration issues that stopped him returning to America after racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours, was 20th fastest after reclaiming his car from stand-in Robert Wickens.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.0439s - 13
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.0698s 0.0259s 15
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.4047s 0.3608s 13
4 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m42.4564s 0.4125s 12
5 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m42.7835s 0.7396s 16
6 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m42.8512s 0.8073s 12
7 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.0696s 1.0257s 15
8 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m43.0840s 1.0401s 14
9 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m43.0923s 1.0484s 12
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.1666s 1.1227s 14
11 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.2120s 1.1681s 16
12 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.4406s 1.3967s 4
13 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.4521s 1.4082s 15
14 Carlos Munoz AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m43.5513s 1.5074s 14
15 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m43.8344s 1.7905s 13
16 Esteban Gutierrez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.9497s 1.9058s 13
17 Ed Jones Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m43.9551s 1.9112s 12
18 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m44.1377s 2.0938s 11
19 J.R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.1844s 2.1405s 14
20 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m44.4452s 2.4013s 16
21 Conor Daly AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 1m44.5421s 2.4982s 11

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