Power tops final practice at St. Petersburg

Will Power put the #12 Team Penske-Chevrolet into P1 in third practice, but again AJ Foyt Racing and Honda in general looked strong.

The 2014 champion lapped the 1.8-mile course in 60.8965sec, an average speed of 106.410mph, but his closest challenge, less than 0.1sec behind, was Jack Hawksworth in the AJ Foyt Racing-Honda.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud made it four Penskes in the top seven places, despite Pagenaud spinning down an escape road.

Graham Rahal in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda was fourth fastest while a resurgent Josef Newgarden grabbed sixth after a quiet Friday for the Ed Carpenter Racing driver.

Mikhail Aleshin appeared to be back in 2014 form, finishing 11th in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda, just ahead of the first Andretti Autosport-Honda, that of Marco Andretti.

Alexander Rossi was 16th, while fellow rookies Spencer Pigot, Max Chilton, and Conor Daly finished 19th, 20th and 22nd respectively.

Practice times: 

P.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1 12 Australie Will Power  Penske (C) 1:00.8965
2 41 Royaume-Uni Jack Hawksworth  Foyt (H) +0.0833
3 2 Colombie Juan Pablo Montoya  Penske (C)
+0.1535
4 15 États-Unis Graham Rahal  Rahal (H) +0.2366
5 3 Brésil Helio Castroneves  Penske (C)
+0.2465
6 21 États-Unis Josef Newgarden  Carpenter (C)
+0.2477
7 22 France Simon Pagenaud  Penske (C) +0.2947
8 11 France Sebastien Bourdais  KVSH (C) +0.3550
9 14 Japon Takuma Sato  Foyt (H) +0.3587
10 9 Nouvelle-Zélande Scott Dixon  Ganassi (C) +0.3877
11 7 Russie Mikhail Aleshin  Schmidt (H) +0.4292
12 27 États-Unis Marco Andretti  Andretti (H) +0.4365
13 83 États-Unis Charlie Kimball  Ganassi (C) +0.5169
14 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe  Schmidt (H) +0.5419
15 28 États-Unis Ryan Hunter-Reay  Andretti (H) +0.6263
16 98 États-Unis Alexander Rossi  Andretti/Herta (H) +0.6698
17 10 Brésil Tony Kanaan  Ganassi (C) +0.7022
18 26 Colombie Carlos Munoz  Andretti (H) +0.7215
19 16 États-Unis Spencer Pigot  Rahal (H) +0.8675
20 8 Royaume-Uni Max Chilton  Ganassi (C) +0.8980
21 19 Italie Luca Filippi  Coyne (H) +0.9193
22 18 États-Unis Conor Daly  Coyne (H) +0.9923

(C) = Chevrolet, (H) = Honda

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Series IndyCar
Event St. Pete
Track St. Petersburg Street Course
Drivers Will Power , Mikhail Aleshin , Jack Hawksworth
Teams Team Penske
Article type Practice report