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Barber - Practice 3 times

KV Racing's Simona de Silvestro set the pace in the Saturday morning practice session ahead of qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Simona de Silvestro showed just how transformed she has been by her switch to KV Racing Technology, by topping the times of the final practice ahead of qualifying for Sunday's IZOD IndyCar Series race.

The Swiss driver set a time of 1:07.4073s (122.835mph) on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park circuit, over a second faster than the best time of Friday set by Helio Castroneves. In fact only two drivers - Ed Carpenter and Ana Beatriz - did not beat both Castroneves' Friday time as well as the official track record held by Will Power, demonstrating how much faster the running was early on Saturday morning.

There was one red flag stoppage during the session, when Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais spun at turn 3 and stalled, requiring the #7 to be recovered by the safety team. There was no apparent damage to the car from the incident, which happened with just under ten minutes into the half hour session.

AJ Allmendinger continued to stay with the pace of the more experienced cars, finishing the session seventh fastest just ahead of fellow rookie Tristan Vautier. Allmendinger has now been confirmed as adding the April 21 Long Beach event to his IndyCar schedule as he sets his sights on his d├ębut in the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Practice 3 times

1. #78 Simona de Silvestro (C) 122.835mph 1:07.4073s (13 laps)
2. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 122.669mph 1:07.4986s + 0.0913s (14 laps)
3. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 122.604mph 1:07.5343s + 0.1270s (12 laps)
4. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 122.491mph 1:07.5970s + 0.1897s (12 laps)
5. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 122.275mph 1:07.7162s + 0.3089s (10 laps)
6. #4 JR Hildebrand (C) 122.216mph 1:07.7491s + 0.3418s (11 laps)
7. #2 AJ Allmendinger (C) 122.209mph 1:07.7526s + 0.3453s (14 laps)
8. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 122.046mph 1:07.8433s + 0.4360s (13 laps)
9. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 122.034mph 1:07.8497s + 0.4424s (16 laps)
10. #12 Will Power (C) 122.029mph 1:07.8529s + 0.4456s (17 laps)
11. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 121.995mph 1:07.8714s + 0.4641s (14 laps)
12. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 121.954mph 1:07.8942s + 0.4869s (8 laps)
13. #98 Alex Tagliani (H) 121.828mph 1:07.9645s + 0.5572s (12 laps)
14. #5 EJ Viso (C) 121.785mph 1:07.9889s + 0.5816s (11 laps)
15. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 121.751mph 1:08.0075s + 0.6002s (13 laps)
16. #16 James Jakes (H) 121.719mph 1:08.0254s + 0.6181s (13 laps)
17. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 121.627mph 1:08.0770s + 0.6697s (13 laps)
18. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 121.581mph 1:08.1028s + 0.6955s (14 laps)
19. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 121.580mph 1:08.1033s + 0.6960s (7 laps)
20. #22 Oriol Servia (C) 121.532mph 1:08.1302s + 0.7229s (16 laps)
21. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 121.512mph 1:08.1415s + 0.7342s (10 laps)
22. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 121.456mph 1:08.1731s + 0.7658s (16 laps)
23. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 121.374mph 1:08.2191s + 0.8118s (11 laps)
24. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 121.201mph 1:08.3161s + 0.9088s (17 laps)
25. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 119.614mph 1:09.2225s + 1.8152s (18 laps)
26. #18 Ana Beatriz (H) 118.406mph 1:09.9290s + 2.5217s (18 laps)

Total Laps: 343



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Simona de Silvestro at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V-6, celebrates his victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium as Juan Pablo Montoya (l to r), driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar; Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Verizon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V-6 and Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6, celebrate Saturday, April 18, 2015 after finishing third, first and second in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 pumps his fist as he crosses the finish line, winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to victory Sunday, April 19, 2015 winning the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach in the streets of Long Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon lead the field into Turn 1 during the start of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies in Victory Lane for Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya on Sunday April 19 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Josef Newgarden in his pit stand. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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)
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)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest, 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)
Helio Castroneves on track at Long Beach on Saturday April 18 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates his Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates his Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates his Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates his Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates his Verizon P1 Award for winning the pole for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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