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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)
Helio Castroneves leads the field down the frontstretch during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Degree Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, raced to a sixth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sage Karam, driver of the #8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, races to a fifth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, races to a fourth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to a second-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates capturing the pole position during qualifying Friday, June 26, 2015, for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates capturing the pole position during qualifying Friday, June 26, 2015, for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Friday, June 26, 2015, capturing the pole position for Saturday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 3 during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane following practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, Ed Carpenter, and Tony Kanaan go three-wide during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Josef Newgarden, and Sebastien Bourdais mix it up on the frontstretch during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power crosses the start/finish line during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe on course during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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