Will Power leads all-Penske top four in Long Beach IndyCar practice

Will Power topped the third IndyCar practice session around the streets of Long Beach in an all Team Penske top four

Will Power leads all-Penske top four in Long Beach IndyCar practice

Penske pair Juan Pablo Montoya and Power had topped a practice session each on Friday, before the Australian finished Saturday morning practice quickest.

Power rolled out a trio of timesheet-topping laps, going fastest with a 1m07.2310s, before shaving off 0.2 seconds and concluding with a quickest time of 1m06.8892s.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud finished the session 0.2270s behind Power, ahead of fellow Penske runners Helio Castroneves and Montoya.

The Turn 9 at the end of the back straight caught a number of drivers out throughout the 45-minute session.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was the first victim thanks to a bump in the braking zone. The uneven surface unsettled his Andretti Dallara-Honda nine minutes in, resulting in contact from the rear with the tyre barrier and prompting the session's first red flag.

Alexander Rossi then fell foul of the tricky corner, but rescued the car before it made contact with the wall. He was followed shortly by Conor Daly having to use the run-off area after carrying too much speed into the turn.

Graham Rahal brought the red flags out again with just three minutes remaining when he ran wide at the same turn and collected the concrete wall.

The session was extended by three minutes after the red flag but no drivers were able to improve.

Mikhail Aleshin finished highest of the Honda-powered Dallaras - the Schmidt Peterson driver lapping 0.5057s down on Power, while Rahal managed a time quick enough for sixth before his shunt.

Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe, Sebastien Bourdais and 2015 Long Beach winner Scott Dixon rounded out the top 10.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m06.8892s - 11
2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.1162s 0.2270s 20
3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.2635s 0.3743s 19
4 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.3157s 0.4265s 17
5 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m07.3949s 0.5057s 19
6 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 1m07.4066s 0.5174s 22
7 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.4141s 0.5249s 22
8 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1m07.4897s 0.6005s 16
9 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.5386s 0.6494s 22
10 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.5952s 0.7060s 20
11 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m07.6139s 0.7247s 14
12 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.6187s 0.7295s 21
13 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m07.7134s 0.8242s 21
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.7190s 0.8298s 18
15 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m07.8276s 0.9384s 20
16 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1m08.0284s 1.1392s 15
17 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1m08.0783s 1.1891s 19
18 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m08.1016s 1.2124s 22
19 Luca Filippi Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.1805s 1.2913s 21
20 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 1m08.2752s 1.3860s 20
21 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1m08.3892s 1.5000s 22


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