Power hits the front in final Barber practice

Will Power was fastest in final practice - Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

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.

Josef Newgarden was second fastest in the middle of a Penske 1-2-3 – Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

Barber Motorsports Park Free Practice 3 Result

112Will PowerAUSTeam Penske1:06.9953s
22Josef NewgardenUSATeam Penske1:07.0993s
33Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske1:07.1901s
47Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:07.2603s
51Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske1:07.3459s
65James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1:07.3463s
79Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing1:07.3499s
827Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport1:07.3551s
915Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing1:07.5245s
108Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing1:07.5361s
1128Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport1:07.5522s
1219Ed JonesUAEDale Coyne Racing1:07.6261s
1318Sebastien BourdaisFRADale Coyne Racing1:07.6884s
1410Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing1:07.7022s
1526Takuma SatoJAPAndretti Autosport1:07.8113s
1620Spencer PigotUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:07.8531s
1798Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Herta Autosport1:07.8653s
1883Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing1:07.9375s
1914Carlos MunozCOLAJ Foyt Enterprises1:07.9912s
2021Zach VeachUSAEd Carpenter Racing1:08.6188s
214Conor DalyUSAAJ Foyt Enterprises1:08.6202s