Team Penske dominates third practice at IMS

Will Power led a Penske-Chevrolet 1-2-3 around the IMS road course as AJ Foyt Racing produced the fastest Honda-powered cars of the session, recovering from yesterday’s underwhelming performances.

Team Penske dominates third practice at IMS
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Takuma Sato, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Honda
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda

Power trimmed his fastest time of the event to a 1min09.3189sec – an average speed of 126.667mph – but was less than a tenth faster than teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.

Scott Dixon survived a short trip across the Speedway’s wet but well manicured infield grass to go fourth fastest for Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevy.

The first of the Hondas was Takuma Sato in fifth for AJ Foyt Racing, less than 0.2sec off Power’s fastest time, and narrowly edging Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport-Honda), yesterday’s fastest Honda driver, Graham Rahal, and Carlos Munoz in a second Andretti machine.

Another driver to improve substantially this morning was Tony Kanaan, who was within 0.2sec of teammate Dixon.

While Spencer Pigot’s 15th and Matt Brabham’s 23rd appeared to be nothing special, both young American rookies continued to whittle at the gap to their respective teammates.  Pigot was under two-tenths slower than RLLR teammate Rahal, while despite missing yesterday’s morning practice, Brabham has cut the gap to his KVSH Racing partner Sebastien Bourdais to under 0.6sec.

Qualifying begins at 3pm ET.

Results of third practice for Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

  DriverTeam (Engine)Time/gap
1 12 AustralieWill Power   Penske (C) 1:09.3189
2 2 ColombieJuan Pablo Montoya   Penske (C) +0.0125
3 22 FranceSimon Pagenaud   Penske (C) +0.1059
4 9 Nouvelle-ZélandeScott Dixon   Ganassi (C) +0.1295
5 14 JaponTakuma Sato   Foyt (H) +0.1922
6 28 États-UnisRyan Hunter-Reay   Andretti (H) +0.2232
7 15 États-UnisGraham Rahal   Rahal (H) +0.2444
8 26 ColombieCarlos Muñoz   Andretti (H) +0.2586
9 10 BrésilTony Kanaan   Ganassi (C) +0.3045
10 11 FranceSébastien Bourdais   KVSH (C) +0.3414
11 5 CanadaJames Hinchcliffe   Schmidt (H) +0.3457
12 41 Royaume-UniJack Hawksworth   Foyt (H) +0.3936
13 98 États-UnisAlexander Rossi   Andretti-Herta (H) +0.3951
14 8 Royaume-UniMax Chilton   Ganassi (C) +0.4077
15 16 États-UnisSpencer Pigot   Rahal (H) +0.4164
16 83 États-UnisCharlie Kimball   Ganassi (C) +0.4426
17 21 États-UnisJosef Newgarden   Carpenter (C) +0.4488
18 3 BrésilHelio Castroneves   Penske (C) +0.4564
19 6 États-UnisJ.R. Hildebrand   Carpenter (C) +0.5035
20 27 États-UnisMarco Andretti   Andretti (H) +0.5211
21 18 États-UnisConor Daly   Coyne (H) +0.6923
22 7 RussieMikhail Aleshin   Schmidt (H) +0.7475
23 61  Matthew Brabham   KV/Murray (C) +0.9697
24 35 CanadaAlex Tagliani   Foyt (H) +1.0910
25 19 ColombieGabby Chaves   Coyne (H) +1.1288
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