Toronto IndyCar: Sato sets unofficial track record in FP3
Takuma Sato put his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda on top in Saturday morning practice with a new track record, despite the drivers using the primary compound.
Sato lapped the course in 58.6777sec, an average of 109.551mph to edge Josef Newgarden’s Penske-Chevrolet by just a tenth of a second. That's an (unofficial) track record for this course layout.
Newgarden might have improved on that time with his final lap but ended the session in a tire wall, where rookie Robert Wickens had also just parked his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda.
Will Power at last found a turn of speed to go P3, one-tenth behind Newgarden, with Alexander Rossi fourth just a couple of hundredths down in the first of the Andretti Autosport-Hondas.
Spencer Pigot was an impressive fifth for Ed Carpenter Racing, beating yesterday’s pacesetter Scott Dixon who made a brief visit to an escape road.
Wickens grabbed P7 on his last lap before his session-ending incident.
Conor Daly, making his return to the series in a one-off with Harding Racing, was P20, 1.1sec from top spot.
Toronto, IndyCar third practice
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