Dario Franchitti finished comfortably on top in the third IndyCar practice session at Sonoma. The Scot waited until the second half of the session before making his first appearance on the track and immediately shot to the top of the timing screens for Ganassi.
His fastest lap of 1m18.0988s, set on his first flying lap, was more than a second quicker than anyone else in the field at that point. That margin was reduced as others improved, but the lap that took Andretti driver Ryan Hunter-Reay to second-fastest was still more than 0.2sec off Franchitti’s pace.
Sebastien Bourdais was third fastest for Dragon, ahead of Scott Dixon and Justin Wilson.
Qualifying follows at 2.30pm local time.
Pos Driver Team/Engine Time Gap 1. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda 1m18.0988s 2. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy 1m18.3542s +0.2554s 3. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 1m18.5513s +0.4525s 4. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda 1m18.5643s +0.4655s 5. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 1m18.5695s +0.4707s 6. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 1m18.6593s +0.5605s 7. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy 1m18.7551s +0.6563s 8. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda 1m18.7604s +0.6616s 9. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 1m18.7912s +0.6924s10. Simona de Silvestro KV/Chevy 1m18.8062s +0.7074s11. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy 1m18.8745s +0.7757s12. James Jakes Rahal/Honda 1m18.8927s +0.7939s13. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda 1m18.9115s +0.8127s14. Ryan Briscoe Panther/Chevy 1m18.9199s +0.8211s15. Will Power Penske/Chevy 1m19.0436s +0.9448s16. Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 1m19.0843s +0.9855s17. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 1m19.0889s +0.9901s18. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 1m19.0982s +0.9994s19. EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy 1m19.1701s +1.0713s20. JR Hildebrand Barracuda/Honda 1m19.1808s +1.0820s21. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 1m19.7045s +1.6057s22. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 1m19.9050s +1.8062s23. Lucas Luhr Fisher/Honda 1m20.3230s +2.2242s24. James Davison Coyne/Honda 1m20.5516s +2.4528s25. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 1m20.9619s +2.8631sAll drivers use Dallara DW12 chassis