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St Petersburg - Saturday practice

24 March 2012

Simon Pagenaud was the unexpected name at the top of the timesheets as the chequered flag ended the third practice session on the streets of St Petersburg, ahead of Saturday afternoon qualifying for the first race of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

Pagenaud was one of only three drivers to dip under the 62s mark so far in the new-specification DW12 Dallara chassis, setting a time of 1:01.8929s (104.697mph) that was under five hundredths of a second faster than Penske duo Will Power and Ryan Briscoe.

Dario Franchitti was the fastest of the Ganassi drivers in fourth place on 1:02.0046s (104.508mph), just ahead of fellow British driver Mike Conway who placed in fifth in front of Graham Rahal and Scott Dixon.

All 26 drivers got a reasonable amount of running today. Qualifying takes place at 1.55pm local time (5.55pm GMT) and follows the established series format for street courses. That sees the field split into two groups of 13 cars for initial runs, and the top six from each group graduating through to the next round which sees a single group of 12 cars on track, after which the top six then fight for pole position in the Firestone Fast Six climax.

Practice 3

1. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 104.697mph 1m 01.8929s (28 laps)
2. #12 Will Power (C) 104.618mph 1m 01.9395s + 0.0466s (25 laps)
3. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) 104.613mph 1m 01.9428s + 0.0499s (17 laps)
4. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 104.508mph 1m 02.0046s + 0.1117s (19 laps)
5. #14 Mike Conway (H) 104.491mph 1m 02.0150s + 0.1221s (28 laps)
6. #38 Graham Rahal (H) 104.479mph 1m 02.0222s + 0.1293s (27 laps)
7. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 104.422mph 1m 02.0561s + 0.1632s (30 laps)
8. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 104.290mph 1m 02.1342s + 0.2413s (20 laps)
9. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 104.256mph 1m 02.1547s + 0.2618s (25 laps)
10. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 104.253mph 1m 02.1563s + 0.2634s (24 laps)
11. #5 EJ Viso (C) 104.128mph 1m 02.2310s + 0.3381s (25 laps)
12. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 103.966mph 1m 02.3279s + 0.4350s (23 laps)
13. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 103.900mph 1m 02.3678s + 0.4749s (24 laps)
14. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 103.770mph 1m 02.4455s + 0.5526s (28 laps)
15. #19 James Jakes (H) 103.738mph 1m 02.4648s + 0.5719s (27 laps)
16. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (L) 103.718mph 1m 02.4774s + 0.5845s (26 laps)
17. #26 Marco Andretti (C) 103.648mph 1m 02.5191s + 0.6262s (22 laps)
18. #18 Justin Wilson (H) 103.493mph 1m 02.6131s + 0.7202s (26 laps)
19. #15 Takuma Sato (H) 103.359mph 1m 02.6939s + 0.8010s (30 laps)
20. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) 103.194mph 1m 02.7945s + 0.9016s (26 laps)
21. #22 Oriol Servia (L) 103.125mph 1m 02.8365s + 0.9436s (29 laps)
22. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 102.956mph 1m 02.9398s + 1.0469s (30 laps)
23. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) 102.916mph 1m 02.9640s + 1.0711s (25 laps)
24. #98 Alex Tagliani (L) 102.288mph 1m 03.3503s + 1.4574s (22 laps)
25. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 102.200mph 1m 03.4051s + 1.5122s (21 laps)
26. #6 Katherine Legge (L) 101.712mph 1m 03.7094s + 1.8165s (30 laps)

Total Laps: 657
(H) = Honda, (C) = Chevrolet, (L) = Lotus


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