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Toronto - Practice 3

Wet conditions in Toronto made for a tricky start to Saturday's practice session, with the best runs coming at the end when Scott Dixon pipped Ryan Hunter-Reay by 0.0099s.
Very wet conditions greeted the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers at the start of the final hour-long practice session ahead of Saturday afternoon qualifying, but while the track was drenched at least the rain itself had pretty much eased off, and the track was able to dry off as the session progressed.

Once again, Sarah Fisher Hartman's Josef Newgarden was the cause of a brief early red flag when he spun on the wet track in turn 11 and stalled the car, but fortunately without contacting the barrier. At the resumption, Ryan Hunter-Reay caused a second red flag when he promptly came to a stop in turn 8 and narrowly avoided being collected by an incoming EJ Viso.

But after that the session ran remarkably smoothly, with no more stoppages required on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn temporary circuit street circuit. Predictably the best laps came toward the end of the session when the track was at its driest, with Scott Dixon not even venturing out until six laps from the end but still managing to set the best time of the session with a lap of 1:00.3841s.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was just under one hundredths of a second down on Dixon's time when the chequered flag came out at the end of practice, with Simon Pagenaud once again impressing with the third fastest time just ahead of championship leader Will Power.

Practice 3 times

1. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 104.630mph 1m 00.3841s (6 laps)
2. #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 104.613mph 1m 00.3940s + 0.0099s (21 laps)
3. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 104.246mph 1m 00.6065s + 0.2224s (23 laps)
4. #12 Will Power (C) 104.231mph 1m 00.6151s + 0.2310s (16 laps)
5. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 103.986mph 1m 00.7582s + 0.3741s (19 laps)
6. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 103.896mph 1m 00.8110s + 0.4269s (10 laps)
7. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 103.890mph 1m 00.8141s + 0.4300s (25 laps)
8. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 103.851mph 1m 00.8372s + 0.4531s (19 laps)
9. #14 Mike Conway (H) 103.748mph 1m 00.8973s + 0.5132s (20 laps)
10. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 103.725mph 1m 00.9111s + 0.5270s (18 laps)
11. #38 Graham Rahal (H) 103.614mph 1m 00.9762s + 0.5921s (23 laps)
12. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 103.587mph 1m 00.9925s + 0.6084s (20 laps)
13. #5 EJ Viso (C) 103.485mph 1m 01.0524s + 0.6683s (17 laps)
14. #2 Ryan Briscoe (C) 103.326mph 1m 01.1460s + 0.7619s (19 laps)
15. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 103.168mph 1m 01.2397s + 0.8556s (20 laps)
16. #26 Marco Andretti (C) 103.099mph 1m 01.2811s + 0.8970s (27 laps)
17. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 102.976mph 1m 01.3543s + 0.9702s (20 laps)
18. #78 Simona de Silvestro (L) 102.972mph 1m 01.3562s + 0.9721s (27 laps)
19. #8 Rubens Barrichello (C) 102.949mph 1m 01.3702s + 0.9861s (24 laps)
20. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 102.911mph 1m 01.3930s + 1.0089s (6 laps)
21. #19 James Jakes (H) 102.799mph 1m 01.4600s + 1.0759s (22 laps)
22. #15 Takuma Sato (H) 102.629mph 1m 01.5618s + 1.1777s (20 laps)
23. #18 Justin Wilson (H) 102.598mph 1m 01.5800s + 1.1959s (7 laps)
24. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 100.955mph 1m 02.5826s + 2.1985s (12 laps)
25. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 93.707mph 1m 07.4226s + 7.0385s (5 laps)

Total Laps: 446



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Scott Dixon [Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Mikhail Aleshin waits on pitlane prior to practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth enters the hairpin during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates pole position in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Sebastien Bourdais during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads James Hinchcliffe during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway (centre), driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory with champagne Sunday, April 13, 2014 after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finished second. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway enters the fountain turn complex during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway in the fountain turn during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway rolls out for practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway in the hairpin during practice at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden at work at Long Beach. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on track (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay around the fountain turn during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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