Andretti leads practice; Newgarden, Hinchcliffe shunt

On the site where he scored his first victory 10 years ago, Marco Andretti topped the third practice session at Sonoma Raceway, continuing Andretti Autosport-Honda’s strong weekend.

Andretti leads practice; Newgarden, Hinchcliffe shunt
Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport Honda
Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

With a new-tire run that produced a 1min16.3052sec, Andretti headed a 1-3-5-7 for his father’s team, with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Carlos Munoz and Alexander Rossi next up.

Filling in the gaps were Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Juan Pablo Montoya, who was just 0.07sec shy of beating Andretti to top spot, and championship contenders Will Power and Simon Pagenaud.

Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato were eighth and 12th for AJ Foyt Racing-Honda, while Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball were the fastest Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevy drivers in ninth and 10th.

Josef Newgarden, who has qualified second for the past two years here, steered into the tire wall at the top of the hill at Turn 2, the American explaining that the Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy got loose, then gripped and sent him spearing off track.

A similar incident occurred when James Hinchcliffe applied the power exiting the final hairpin, pushed the tail wide, caught it, and then nosed into the pitwall, tearing off the front wing and front suspension. 

Sonoma, Practice 3
P.DriverTeam (Engine)LapsTime/deficit
1 27  Marco Andretti http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Andretti_s.png Andretti (H) 9 1:16.3052
2 2   Juan Pablo Montoya http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Montoya_s.png Penske (C) 8 0.0704
3 28  Ryan Hunter-Reay http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Hunter-Reay_s.png Andretti (H) 12 0.1287
4 12  Will Power http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Power_s.png Penske (C) 11 0.1344
5 26  Carlos Muñoz http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Munoz_s.png Andretti (H) 19 0.1366
6 22  Simon Pagenaud http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Pagenaud_s.png Penske (C) 15 0.1505
7 98  Alexander Rossi http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Rossi_s.png Andretti-Herta (H) 10 0.1633
8 41  Jack Hawksworth http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Hawksworth_s.png Foyt (H) 10 0.1756
9 9  Scott Dixon http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Dixon_s.png Ganassi (C) 13 0.2951
10 83  Charlie Kimball http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Kimball_s.png Ganassi (C) 12 0.3201
11 3  Helio Castroneves http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Castroneves_s.png Penske (C) 14 0.4080
12 14  Takuma Sato http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Sato_s.png Foyt (H) 11 0.4135
13 15  Graham Rahal http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Rahal_s.png Rahal (H) 14 0.4193
14 10  Tony Kanaan http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Kanaan_s.png Ganassi (C) 13 0.4303
15 5  James Hinchcliffe http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Hinchcliffe_s.png Schmidt (H) 10 0.4828
16 21  Josef Newgarden http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Newgarden_s.png Carpenter (C) 6 0.5572
17 7  Mikhail Aleshin http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Aleshin_s.png Schmidt (H) 14 0.5763
18 20  Spencer Pigot http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Pigot_s.png Carpenter (C) 11 0.7034
19 19  R.C. Enerson http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Enerson_s.png Coyne (H) 19 0.7242
20 11  Sébastien Bourdais http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Bourdais_s.png KVSH (C) 12 0.7392
21 8  Max Chilton http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Chilton_s.png Ganassi (C) 12 0.7434
22 18  Conor Daly http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/16-Sonoma/Daly_s.png Coyne (H) 12 0.7669

(C) = Chevrolet, (H) = Honda

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