Dixon top as Mid-Ohio’s unofficial lap record falls again

Scott Dixon led a group of five cars under the 64-second barrier at Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course during third practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200.

Dixon top as Mid-Ohio’s unofficial lap record falls again

The #9 Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevrolet flew around the track in 63.7244sec, an average speed of 127.562mph of the 2.258-mile course. Yesterday's 64.19sec lap by Will Power had been the previous best.

Dixon's fastest was 0.17sec clear of championship leader Simon Pagenaud, who edged Team Penske-Chevy teammate Will Power and Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy’s Josef Newgarden by hundredths.

Dixon’s teammate Tony Kanaan was the other driver into the 63s, although almost quarter-second slower than Ganassi teammate Dixon. Their teammates Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball also impressed with sixth and eighth fastest itmes respectively. These two were split by the fastest Honda, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing machine of Graham Rahal who was 0.35sec off Dixon’s best.

RC Enerson continued to impress; although 15th quickest, he was a quarter-second faster than Conor Daly who went off the road twice, the second time ending the session with a red flag.

AJ Foyt Racing struggled, around 1sec off P1 in 20th and 21st with Takuma Sato even running off the track at the final turn trying to improve. But their times were still quick enough to edge Marco Andretti who was only 0.6sec off teammate Hunter-Reay but 12 places apart.

Mid-Ohio - Free practice 3
P.DriverTeam (Engine)Time/deficit
1 9  Scott Dixon http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Dixon_s.png Ganassi (C) 1:03.7244
2 22  Simon Pagenaud http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Pagenaud_s.png Penske (C) 0.1694
3 12  Will Power http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Power_s.png Penske (C) 0.1806
4 21  Josef Newgarden http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Newgarden_s.png Carpenter (C) 0.1872
5 10  Tony Kanaan http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Kanaan_s.png Ganassi (C) 0.2316
6 8  Max Chilton http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Chilton_s.png Ganassi (C) 0.3150
7 15  Graham Rahal http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Rahal_s.png Rahal (H) 0.3520
8 83  Charlie Kimball http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Kimball_s.png Ganassi (C) 0.3645
9 5  James Hinchcliffe http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Hinchcliffe_s.png Schmidt (H) 0.3710
10 28  Ryan Hunter-Reay http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Hunter-Reay_s.png Andretti (H) 0.4177
11 11  Sébastien Bourdais http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Bourdais_s.png KVSH (C) 0.4450
12 2  Juan Pablo Montoya http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Montoya_s.png Penske (C) 0.5490
13 7  Mikhail Aleshin http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Aleshin_s.png Schmidt (H) 0.6126
14 3  Helio Castroneves http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Castroneves_s.png Penske (C) 0.6301
15 19  R.C. Enerson http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Enerson_s.png Coyne (H) 0.6643
16 20  Spencer Pigot http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Pigot_s.png Carpenter (C) 0.7103
17 98  Alexander Rossi http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Rossi_s.png Andretti-Herta (H) 0.8871
18 26  Carlos Muñoz http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Munoz_s.png Andretti (H) 0.9022
19 18  Conor Daly http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Daly_s.png Coyne (H) 0.9065
20 41  Jack Hawksworth http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Hawksworth_s.png Foyt (H) 0.9458
21 14  Takuma Sato http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Sato_s.png Foyt (H) 1.0129
22 27  Marco Andretti http://cdn-1.motorsport.com/static/custom/car-thumbs/INDYCAR_2016/13-MidOhio/Andretti_s.png Andretti (H) 1.0424

(C) = Chevrolet, (H) = Honda

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