Will Power continued Team Penske’s run of session-topping speeds as the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Chevy led the 21-car field with a lap of 1:06.8892. He was followed by the rest of the Penske squad as Simon Pagenaud (1:07.1162), Helio Castroneves (1:07.2635), and Juan Montoya (1:07.3157) owned the top 4 while preparing for this afternoon’s qualifying session.
The fastest Honda belonged to Mikhail Aleshin (1:07.3949), whose Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry was a full 0.5057 seconds behind Power.
Turn 9 proved to be rather attractive for two of Honda’s finest drivers during the 45-minute session. Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay was the first to meet the tire barriers as the rear of his No. 28 DHL entry came around and met the wall with the wheel guard. He returned to the pits where the team replaced the entire rear wing and bumper pod assembly.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal (LEFT) made harder contact with the cement wall on the exit of Turn 9, hitting flush with the left side of the car. He stopped under the bridge and waited for the Holmatro Safety Team to return his damaged PennGrade Oil Honda to pit lane with two minutes left in the session. Rahal managed to set the sixth-fastest lap prior to the crash.
Up next: Qualifying at 2 p.m. PT.
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