There was a new name at the top of the timesheets following the third and final practice session on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the third round of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.

However while the driver at the top of the times might have a different name, he was firmly of the same team colours, as Simon Pagenaud took over from his team mate Will Power who had been the pace setter on Friday.

In fact Team Penske succeeded in repeating its Friday lock-out of the top three spots, just rearranging the order between their drivers for a little variety.

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Pagenaud's time of 1:07.0304s (105.695mph) was faster by an remarkable half a second than Power had managed the previous day, although still not quite a match for the all-time open wheel track record of 1:06.886s set by Sebastien Bourdais in the Champ Car World Series on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course in 2006.

Pagenaud was 0.1780s faster in the session than Helio Castroneves, who succeeded in edging out Power by almost two tenths for second spot. Fourth place went to Ganassi's Scott Dixon who had been the fastest man Friday morning's practice session 24 hours earlier in the Ganassi #9 car.

In his first race back in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season and his first outing as Dixon's team mate after taking over the #8 car from Sage Karam this week, Sebastian Saavedra shone with a fast fifth place that was less than four tenths off Pagenaud's pace.

"It's good to be back here in the Verizon IndyCar Series," said Saavedra, who drove for KV Racing Technology in 2014. "From what I've seen the last few races the level of competition is very high. You really can't make any mistakes out there and it's such a tough series. I'm looking forward to seeing what the #8 team can do."

Everyone's times were faster on Saturday then they had been the previous day, with the obvious exception of Rocky Moran Jr. who is no longer able to participate in the rest of the weekend's track activity for Dale Coyne Racing after suffering a broken thumb as a result of contact with Andretti Autosport's Carlos Munoz in the second practice on Friday.

Moran - who had been a last-minute replacement for the team's regular driver Carlos Huertas - has now relinquished the seat of the #18 to Conor Daly, who made a respectable start to his unexpected race weekend with a best lap of 1:08.8444 (102.910mph) which put him almost seven tenths of a second clear than Francesco Dracone, the second DCR driver who was once again bottom of the times for the session.

The 45-minute practice session saw only one stoppage, when Jack Hawksworth locked up in the AJ Foyt Racing #41 and went into the runoff area at the end of the Seaside Way straight, at which point the engine died so that the safety crew had to be dispatched to fire him up again and return him to pit lane.

Qualifying for this weekend's race follows the usual three-round elimination format, and will get underway at 2pm local (10pm BST). There will be an additional half hour warm-up session on Sunday morning ahead of the race itself which gets the green flag just after 1.30pm (9.30pm BST).

See full practice 3 times from Long Beach