Graham Rahal led the third and final Verizon IndyCar Series practice session Saturday morning at Mid-Ohio. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda driver (1m05.2067s) barely edged Josef Newgarden in his Team Penske Chevy (+0.0403s), Penske’s Will Power (+0.1300s), Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi (+0.1798s), Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon (+0.2486s), and Penske’s Simon Pagenaud (+0.2504s), who completed the top six.
The big trend of the weekend also continued as IndyCar’s new lower downforce bodywork saw drivers scrambling for grip over crests and brows. With many drivers catching slides throughout each lap as the tail gets light, spins and red flags have become the norm in every session.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Pietro Fittipaldi, who is recovering from broken bones in both legs, was the first to trigger a red. With his injured legs in mind, the team also made a change to the car by switching to different brake master cylinders in an effort to reduce the pedal force needed to slow the car.
Pagenaud had a high-speed off that resulted in nosing his Penske Chevy into the tires, Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot went off on the same lap, and A.J. Foyt Racing’s Matheus Leist had a meeting with the barriers. All are expected to take part in qualifying.
UP NEXT: Qualifying, 1:30 p.m. ET