For the second time in three practice sessions at Road America, Team Penske locked out the top four places, with Simon Pagenaud coming out on top on Saturday morning.
The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion set the best time of the weekend so far with a 1:42.0439s, just 0.0259 seconds faster than Will Power, who won at Road America in 2016, while Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden finished third and fourth.
Newgarden set his best time late in the session despite an earlier trip into the gravel trap at turn fourteen after twenty minutes, but after being recovered he was able to resume the session.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was the best of the rest in fifth, ahead of the leading Andretti Autosport machine of Marco Andretti, while Spencer Pigot placed seventh for Ed Carpenter Racing, albeit more than a second adrift of Pagenaud.
Graham Rahal was eighth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ahead of James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsport, while Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport completed the top ten ahead of a trio of Chip Ganassi Racing entries, Charlie Kimball, Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan.
Mikhail Aleshin returned to the #7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport machine after finally arriving at Road America following his immigration delays in France, and he took over the car from Robert Wickens, who participated in both practice sessions on Friday. Aleshin finished twentieth fastest, ahead of Conor Daly, who again brought up the rear of the field for AJ Foyt Racing.
Road America Free Practice 3 Result
|1||1||Simon Pagenaud||FRA||Team Penske||1:42.0439|
|2||12||Will Power||AUS||Team Penske||1:42.0698|
|3||3||Helio Castroneves||BRZ||Team Penske||1:42.4047|
|4||2||Josef Newgarden||USA||Team Penske||1:42.4564|
|5||9||Scott Dixon||NZL||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:42.7835|
|6||27||Marco Andretti||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:42.8512|
|7||20||Spencer Pigot||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:43.0696|
|8||15||Graham Rahal||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:43.0840|
|9||5||James Hinchcliffe||CAN||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:43.0923|
|10||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:43.1666|
|11||83||Charlie Kimball||USA||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:43.2120|
|12||8||Max Chilton||GBR||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:43.4406|
|13||10||Tony Kanaan||BRZ||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:43.4521|
|14||14||Carlos Munoz||COL||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:43.5513|
|15||26||Takuma Sato||JAP||Andretti Autosport||1:43.8344|
|16||18||Esteban Gutierrez||MEX||Dale Coyne Racing||1:43.9497|
|17||19||Ed Jones||UAE||Dale Coyne Racing||1:43.9551|
|18||98||Alexander Rossi||USA||Andretti Herta Autosport||1:44.1377|
|19||21||JR Hildebrand||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:44.1844|
|20||7||Mikhail Aleshin||RUS||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:44.4452|
|21||4||Conor Daly||USA||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:44.5421|