Team Penske continued to show good pace as they finished 1-2-3-5 in final practice for this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park, with Will Power leading the way.
Power set a weekend’s best time so far of 1:06.9953s to pace the field ahead of team-mates Josef Newgarden and Helio Castroneves, while reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud was fifth.
Mikhail Aleshin denied Penske a second clean sweep of the weekend by finishing fourth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport but only after surviving a moment early in the session at turn one that saw the Russian run off track.
It was a good session for Schmidt, with the second car of James Hinchcliffe finishing fifth fastest as the Canadian looks to go back-to-back in race victories after triumphing last time out around the streets of Long Beach.
Scott Dixon was seventh fastest for Chip Ganassi Racing, while team-mate Max Chilton enjoyed a much better day to finish tenth, just behind Friday pacesetter Marco Andretti and 2016 Barber runner-up Graham Rahal, while Ryan Hunter-Reay was eleventh after a late spin that almost saw him collected by Hinchcliffe.
As well as Aleshin and Hunter-Reay, both Ed Carpenter Racing entrants had off-track moments, but everyone was able to continue and the session concluded without too much of an interruption.
Barber Motorsports Park Free Practice 3 Result
|1||12||Will Power||AUS||Team Penske||1:06.9953s|
|2||2||Josef Newgarden||USA||Team Penske||1:07.0993s|
|3||3||Helio Castroneves||BRZ||Team Penske||1:07.1901s|
|4||7||Mikhail Aleshin||RUS||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:07.2603s|
|5||1||Simon Pagenaud||FRA||Team Penske||1:07.3459s|
|6||5||James Hinchcliffe||CAN||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:07.3463s|
|7||9||Scott Dixon||NZL||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:07.3499s|
|8||27||Marco Andretti||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:07.3551s|
|9||15||Graham Rahal||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:07.5245s|
|10||8||Max Chilton||GBR||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:07.5361s|
|11||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:07.5522s|
|12||19||Ed Jones||UAE||Dale Coyne Racing||1:07.6261s|
|13||18||Sebastien Bourdais||FRA||Dale Coyne Racing||1:07.6884s|
|14||10||Tony Kanaan||BRZ||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:07.7022s|
|15||26||Takuma Sato||JAP||Andretti Autosport||1:07.8113s|
|16||20||Spencer Pigot||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:07.8531s|
|17||98||Alexander Rossi||USA||Andretti Herta Autosport||1:07.8653s|
|18||83||Charlie Kimball||USA||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:07.9375s|
|19||14||Carlos Munoz||COL||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:07.9912s|
|20||21||Zach Veach||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:08.6188s|
|21||4||Conor Daly||USA||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:08.6202s|