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Toronto IndyCar: Castroneves outpaces Penske team-mate Montoya

Helio Castroneves headed a Team Penske one-two in a busy third IndyCar practice session in Toronto

Aside from a brief appearance at the top by Ganassi's Tony Kanaan in the opening minutes, the morning was led by Penske cars at every step: Simon Pagenaud replaced Kanaan in first place before he in turn was beaten by Juan Pablo Montoya, who later conceded the spot when Castroneves produced a 59.6424-second lap.

That relegated Montoya to second with a time 0.2s slower, while Josef Newgarden's efforts to reverse CFH Racing's recent poor fortunes were given a boost when he finished up third-fastest ahead of reigning series champion Will Power.

The weather-related cancellation of Friday's second practice placed a premium upon maximising track time on Saturday morning, and the session was completed almost completely without interruption.

The only stoppage came right near the end, when KV's Stefano Coletti lost the rear of his car in the final corner - barely avoiding the wall - and stalled on the main straight.

His car was retrieved within a couple of minutes, although the incident capped off an eventful morning for the Monegasque, who had earlier come close to taking out Scott Dixon while sliding into the run-off at Turn 3.

Chevrolet continued to hold sway in the manufacturer war, and had the entire top 10 locked out for a good part of the session before Rahal Letterman Lanigan's Graham Rahal managed to pop up in seventh with a couple of minutes remaining.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 59.6424s -
2 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 59.8320s 0.1896s
3 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 59.9874s 0.3450s
4 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.0032s 0.3608s
5 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.0727s 0.4303s
6 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.2145s 0.5721s
7 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m00.2920s 0.6496s
8 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.3196s 0.6772s
9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.3617s 0.7193s
10 Luca Filippi CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.3648s 0.7224s
11 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m00.5202s 0.8778s
12 Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.5839s 0.9415s
13 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.6198s 0.9774s
14 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m00.6241s 0.9817s
15 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m00.6538s 1.0114s
16 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m00.6649s 1.0225s
17 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m00.6852s 1.0428s
18 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m00.6935s 1.0511s
19 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m00.8103s 1.1679s
20 Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m01.2116s 1.5692s
21 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m01.4049s 1.7625s
22 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m01.4147s 1.7723s
23 Rodolfo Gonzalez Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m02.4900s 2.8476s


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