Practice Is Over, Qualifying Next

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The third practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series is now complete and the results looked a lot more familiar than yesterday’s. Will Power paced the field with a time of 1:07.0198. Scott Dixon was second. James Hinchcliffe was the fastest Honda, setting the third quickest time of 1:07.1325, followed by fellow Honda diver Carlos Muñoz. Simon Pagenaud rounded out the Top Five, giving Roger Penske two cars in the Top Five.

The cars of AJ Foyt, driven by Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato didn’t fare as well as yesterday. Hawksworth was only eleventh quick, while Sato ended up in the gravel trap of Turn Five and could only manage thirteenth quickest in the field.

Still there were some head-scratchers. Helio Castroneves was only twelfth quick, while fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan was seventeenth fastest. Marco Andretti continues to struggle at eighteenth quick, one spot higher than teammate Alexander Rossi. The two Dale Coyne cars of Conor Daly and Luca Filippi were the two slowest cars of the session, respectively.

Based on what we’ve seen, it looks like Chevy will probably make up at least half of the Firestone Fast Six, but Honda appears to be competitive at this track. I have no idea who will be in the Fast Six. With Helio and Kanaan struggling, that opens the door for someone else. Just to guess, I’ll really go out on a limb and say Power and Dixon will make it for sure. I also think Hinchcliffe and one of the Foyt cars will make the Firestone Fast Six. I’ll leave the other two spots open as wild cards.

For the next couple of hours, Susan and I are headed across the track to the Fan Zone. Susan will have her post up sometime, and I’ll have a wrap-up on here after qualifying…and more pictures. In the meantime, you can follow me (@Oilpressureblog) and Susan (@MrsOilpressure) on Twitter. Be sure and check back later.

George Phillips

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