Josef Newgarden topped the times in this weekend’s third IndyCar practice session at Mid-Ohio.
The Sarah Fisher Hartman driver popped ahead of Marco Andretti to take the top spot with a 1m06.6536s just as the red flags were coming out to end the session a minute or so ahead of schedule.
Two drivers shared responsibility for the stoppage, with James Hinchcliffe having nosed into the tires at the Carousel just as Will Power was spinning into the gravel at Turn 1. Despite his late dramas Hinchcliffe finished up fourth fastest behind EJ Viso, with the three Andretti Autosport cars all within 0.12 second of Newgarden’s time.
Justin Wilson, whose track time was compromised on Friday by an engine problem, was fifth fastest.
Prior to the late stoppage the session was interrupted by two earlier red flags; the first coming when Takuma Sato got into the grass, and the second when Charlie Kimball spun into the tires at the first corner.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 1m06.6536s 2. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 1m06.7244s +0.0708s 3. EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 1m06.7339s +0.0803s 4. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 1m06.7810s +0.1274s 5. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 1m06.9410s +0.2874s 6. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 1m06.9524s +0.2988s 7. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 1m06.9599s +0.3063s 8. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 1m07.0782s +0.4246s 9. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 1m07.0794s +0.4258s10. Simoa de Silvestro KV/Chevy 1m07.0841s +0.4305s11. Oriol Servia Panther/Chevy 1m07.1549s +0.5013s12. Will Power Penske/Chevy 1m07.2463s +0.5927s13. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 1m07.2890s +0.6354s14. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 1m07.4313s +0.7777s15. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 1m07.5849s +0.9313s16. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 1m07.6899s +1.0363s17. James Davison Coyne/Honda 1m07.7466s +1.0930s18. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 1m07.7529s +1.0993s19. James Jakes Rahal/Honda 1m07.7681s +1.1145s20. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 1m08.1657s +1.5121s21. Luca Filippi Herta/Honda 1m08.5362s +1.8826s23. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 1m08.5779s +1.9243s23. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 1m10.3230s +3.6694s24. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 1m15.4948s +8.8412s