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St Petersburg - Practice 3 times

There was some much-needed good news for the Honda camp in Saturday morning practice, after Takuma Sato topped the times for AJ Foyt Racing.
Takuma Sato set the pace in Saturday morning's practice session, the last opportunity for the drivers to get out on track ahead of this afternoon's qualifying session for the weekend's IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

The AJ Foyt Racing driver's lap of 1:01.5293s (105.316mph) was two tenths faster than that of Penske's Will Power, and was a rare glimmer of hope for the teams running Honda engines after Friday had been dominated by the Chevrolet camp.

A change in the track conditions might have helped, with the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit essentially reset by overnight thunderstorms washing away the rubber than had been laid down by the IndyCars and the support races the day before. More rain is possible for qualifying later today.

The session saw the first red flag stoppage of the weekend 20 minutes into the session when Josef Newgarden and Ana Beatriz both ended up in the turn 8 run-off area. Neither the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car nor the Dale Coyne entry were damaged in the incident.

However, a few minutes after the session resumed EJ Viso's #5 Andretti Autosport-HVM car made emphatic contact with the concrete barrier on the way into turn 10. "We were just starting the day's practice and the front right suspension failed and went straight to the wall," Viso explained. "I believe it is going to be all OK for qualifying. But I had to stop my run because that happened. I am fine."

Practice 3 times

1. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 105.316mph 1:01.5293s (16 laps)
2. #12 Will Power (C) 104.959mph 1:01.7386s + 0.2093s (18 laps)
3. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 104.690mph 1:01.8971s + 0.3678s (18 laps)
4. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 104.670mph 1:01.9087s + 0.3794s (15 laps)
5. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 104.608mph 1:01.9457s + 0.4164s (17 laps)
6. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 104.536mph 1:01.9880s + 0.4587s (14 laps)
7. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 104.481mph 1:02.0207s + 0.4914s (16 laps)
8. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 104.434mph 1:02.0490s + 0.5197s (22 laps)
9. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 104.351mph 1:02.0981s + 0.5688s (19 laps)
10. #78 Simona de Silvestro (C) 104.321mph 1:02.1157s + 0.5864s (14 laps)
11. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 104.310mph 1:02.1223s + 0.5930s (21 laps)
12. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 104.271mph 1:02.1459s + 0.6166s (18 laps)
13. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 104.205mph 1:02.1850s + 0.6557s (21 laps)
14. #16 James Jakes (H) 104.173mph 1:02.2040s + 0.6747s (16 laps)
15. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 104.084mph 1:02.2576s + 0.7283s (18 laps)
16. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 104.079mph 1:02.2606s + 0.7313s (18 laps)
17. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 104.008mph 1:02.3027s + 0.7734s (13 laps)
18. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 103.984mph 1:02.3174s + 0.7881s (20 laps)
19. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 103.880mph 1:02.3795s + 0.8502s (14 laps)
20. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 103.857mph 1:02.3936s + 0.8643s (21 laps)
21. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 103.727mph 1:02.4715s + 0.9422s (17 laps)
22. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 103.623mph 1:02.5344s + 1.0051s (14 laps)
23. #5 EJ Viso (C) 102.695mph 1:03.0992s + 1.5699s (5 laps)
24. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 102.587mph 1:03.1658s + 1.6365s (16 laps)
25. #18 Ana Beatriz (H) 102.342mph 1:03.3169s + 1.7876s (17 laps)

Total Laps: 418



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EJ Viso on the second day of pre-season testing at Barber Motorsport Park. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
Takuma Sato during practice at St Peterburg, Flodica - March 2013, (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
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Scott Dixon wins the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden in his pit stand. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates winning the pole Saturday, April 18, 2015 for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Helio Castroneves on track at Long Beach on Saturday April 18 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads teammate Simon Pagenaud on course during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit lane prior to practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves heads down the frontstretch during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - Saturday April 18 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves exits the hairpin turn during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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