Continuing from the strong pace he showed in yesterday’s sessions, Team Penske’s Will Power topped the charts in the third practice session at Barber Motorsports Park. The 2011 and 2012 winner of the race posted a best time of 1:07.3430. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ rookie Robert Wickens continued an impressive start to the season, placing second with a 1:07.5633.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, who is still looking for a win at the 2.3-mile road course despite seven top-five finishes in eight starts, ran third. 2013 and 2014 Barber winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Alexander Rossi rounded out the top five.
The 23-car field was separated by 2.1716 seconds and the first 16 cars all ran tines within 1 second of each other.
Turn 5 continues to be a trouble spot for drivers. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ed Jones spun after locking up the brakes headed into the corner and brought out the red flag. Jordan King of Ed Carpenter Racing also went off track and made contact with the guardrail in Turn 2, ending his session early.
The last incident of the day occurred when Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball pulled off track and into the grass nearby. With less than two minutes remaining in the session at that point, IndyCar made the decision to conclude the third practice early.
Next up for the Verizon IndyCar Series will be qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The green flag for the first qualifying session is scheduled to fly at 4:05 Eastern time (3:05 local time). Stick with Open-Wheels.com and follow us on social media for throughout race weekend.
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