Toronto IndyCar: Pagenaud leads Penske domination in FP3

With his 18th and final lap of the session, Simon Pagenaud nailed top time in morning practice here at Toronto, as six cars broke the 1-minute barrier around the 1.786-mile course, the top four of which were Team Penske-Chevrolets.

Toronto IndyCar: Pagenaud leads Penske domination in FP3

Pagenaud got held up on his earlier qualifying sim, but his second run did the job, a 59.7864sec, equated to 107.543mph, and lifted him half a tenth of a second ahead of Iowa-winning teammate Helio Castroenves.

Josef Newgarden was third, one-tenth behind Castroneves and seven-hundredths ahead of Will Power who completed the Penske 1-2-3-4 although he lost time with a trip into the Turn 3 escape road.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest Honda driver in fifth for Andretti Autosport, with Graham Rahal’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda in sixth. Seventh and eighth for Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato (who spun and stalled in a runoff area) backed up Hunter-Reay’s performance and indicated Andretti Autosport had made a setup breakthrough overnight.

Local hero James Hinchcliffe was ninth fastest for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda ahead of the impressive Carlos Munoz in the AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet.

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s lead runner was Tony Kanaan in fifth, as last year’s polesitter Scott Dixon languished in 17th, just ahead of teammates Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton.

Sebastian Saavedra was an impressive 15th, in his only IndyCar outing this year aside from the Indy 500 venture with Juncos Racing. The 27-year-old Colombian, who has replaced Mikhail Aleshin in SPM’s #7 for this weekend, was only 0.83sec off top spot and under four-tenths slower than teammate Hinchcliffe.

JR Hildebrand’s session ended early after his Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet made contact with a wall.

Toronto FP3

ClaDriverLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 1 france  Simon Pagenaud  18 59.7864     107.543
2 3 brazil  Helio Castroneves  17 59.8255 0.0391 0.0391 107.473
3 2 united_states  Josef Newgarden  24 59.8828 0.0964 0.0573 107.370
4 12 australia  Will Power  21 59.9529 0.1665 0.0701 107.244
5 28 united_states  Ryan Hunter-Reay  19 59.9765 0.1901 0.0236 107.202
6 15 united_states  Graham Rahal  25 59.9844 0.1980 0.0079 107.188
7 98 united_states  Alexander Rossi  24 1'00.1751 0.3887 0.1907 106.848
8 26 japan  Takuma Sato  24 1'00.1777 0.3913 0.0026 106.844
9 5 canada  James Hinchcliffe  23 1'00.2390 0.4526 0.0613 106.735
10 14 colombia  Carlos Munoz  22 1'00.3290 0.5426 0.0900 106.576
11 10 brazil  Tony Kanaan  21 1'00.3859 0.5995 0.0569 106.475
12 20 united_states  Spencer Pigot  23 1'00.4025 0.6161 0.0166 106.446
13 18 mexico  Esteban Gutierrez  26 1'00.5424 0.7560 0.1399 106.200
14 27 united_states  Marco Andretti  20 1'00.5869 0.8005 0.0445 106.122
15 7 colombia  Sebastian Saavedra  21 1'00.6194 0.8330 0.0325 106.065
16 19 united_arab_emirates  Ed Jones  22 1'00.6742 0.8878 0.0548 105.969
17 9 new_zealand  Scott Dixon  20 1'00.6752 0.8888 0.0010 105.968
18 83 united_states  Charlie Kimball  23 1'00.7340 0.9476 0.0588 105.865
19 8 united_kingdom  Max Chilton  25 1'00.8337 1.0473 0.0997 105.691
20 21 united_states  J.R. Hildebrand  11 1'01.0371 1.2507 0.2034 105.339
21 4 united_states  Conor Daly  20 1'01.1741 1.3877 0.1370 105.103
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