Scott Dixon set the fastest practice time in final practice ahead of qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, albeit by just 0.002 seconds from Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Overnight showers meant drivers had to search for grip once again around the legendary street circuit, but Dixon put his Chip Ganassi Racing machine to the top of the timing sheets with his best lap so far of the weekend of 1:07.1348s, albeit slightly down on the overall best of the weekend so far set by Will Power on Friday.
Hunter-Reay finished second fastest for Andretti Autosport ahead of defending Long Beach race winner Simon Pagenaud, who was the leading Team Penske driver in third, just 0.0365 seconds down on Dixon’s time.
The top six were all separated by less than one-tenth of a second, with James Hinchcliffe ending fourth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport ahead of Takuma Sato of Andretti Autosport and Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Friday pacesetter Power was seventh for Penske ahead of team-mate Josef Newgarden, whilst Sebastien Bourdais was ninth for Dale Coyne Racing despite stalling his car in between turns two and three following damage to his front wing, with the Frenchman recovering to the pits slowly whilst red flags flew.
The top ten was completed by Andretti Herta Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, who ended just 0.2575 seconds down on Dixon. In fact, such was the closeness of the field, twenty of the twenty one drivers were within one second of the pace, with Carlos Muñoz the only one outside one second, albeit by just 0.0338 seconds!
Another electrical issue affected Chip Ganassi Racing during the session, but unlike on Friday when it was Max Chilton who was affected, this time it was Tony Kanaan, who only managed five laps overall and finished down in fifteenth.
Long Beach Free Practice 3 Result
|1||9||Scott Dixon||NZL||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:07.1348|
|2||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:07.1350|
|3||1||Simon Pagenaud||FRA||Team Penske||1:07.1713|
|4||5||James Hinchcliffe||CAN||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:07.1746|
|5||26||Takuma Sato||JAP||Andretti Autosport||1:07.1855|
|6||15||Graham Rahal||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:07.2286|
|7||12||Will Power||AUS||Team Penske||1:07.2639|
|8||2||Josef Newgarden||USA||Team Penske||1:07.3298|
|9||18||Sebastien Bourdais||FRA||Dale Coyne Racing||1:07.3428|
|10||98||Alexander Rossi||USA||Andretti Herta Autosport||1:07.3923|
|11||3||Helio Castroneves||BRZ||Team Penske||1:07.5194|
|12||83||Charlie Kimball||USA||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:07.5470|
|13||7||Mikhail Aleshin||RUS||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:07.5581|
|14||4||Conor Daly||USA||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:07.6044|
|15||10||Tony Kanaan||BRZ||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:07.6230|
|16||20||Spencer Pigot||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:07.7376|
|17||27||Marco Andretti||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:07.8959|
|18||19||Ed Jones||UAE||Dale Coyne Racing||1:08.0446|
|19||8||Max Chilton||GBR||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:08.0731|
|20||21||JR Hildebrand||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:08.0997|
|21||14||Carlos Munoz||COL||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:08.1686|