St Petersburg IndyCar: Will Power fastest again in third practice

Will Power finished fastest for Team Penske in the St Petersburg IndyCar third practice session

St Petersburg IndyCar: Will Power fastest again in third practice

The Australian had traded quickest times throughout the session with Mikhail Aleshin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jack Hawksworth.

Hawksworth came into the pits with two minutes left on the clock having secured the top spot, before Power snatched it with a 1m00.8965s time - 0.0833 seconds quicker.

Hawksworth finished the session the fastest of the Honda contingent behind Power, who topped second practice on Friday in his Chevrolet-powered Dallara.

Honda buoyed by engine and aero gains

All four Penske cars finished in the top seven, with Montoya finishing the session third behind Hawksworth, 0.1535s off Power's time.

In fourth, Graham Rahal edged Helio Castroneves, ahead of Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud.

Sebastien Bourdais, Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon rounded out the top 10.

Ryan Hunter-Reay triggered an early red flag after grinding to a halt on the straight heading into Turn 10 - a miscommunication with his Andretti crew meant he stayed out an extra lap and ran out of fuel.

He finished 15th, 0.6263s off Power's time.

Alexander Rossi finished the session top of the rookies in his Andretti Dallara-Honda in 16th - while fellow Formula 1 refugee Max Chilton could only manage 20th.

Conor Daly finished 22nd and last - his time 0.9923s off Power's pace.

Autosport Race Centre Live will bring you full coverage of the season opener from 4:45pm UK time on Sunday.

PRACTICE THREE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.8965s - 18
2 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m00.9798s 0.0833s 16
3 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.0500s 0.1535s 20
4 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m01.1331s 0.2366s 27
5 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.1430s 0.2465s 22
6 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.1442s 0.2477s 21
7 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.1912s 0.2947s 23
8 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.2515s 0.3550s 22
9 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m01.2552s 0.3587s 20
10 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.2842s 0.3877s 17
11 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.3257s 0.4292s 15
12 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.3330s 0.4365s 20
13 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.4134s 0.5169s 24
14 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.4384s 0.5419s 23
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.5228s 0.6263s 21
16 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m01.5663s 0.6698s 24
17 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.5987s 0.7022s 22
18 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.6180s 0.7215s 20
19 Spencer Pigot Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m01.7640s 0.8675s 23
20 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m01.7945s 0.8980s 23
21 Luca Filippi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.8158s 0.9193s 21
22 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.8888s 0.9923s 25


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