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Sonoma: Practice 3 times

Dario Franchitti paced the third practice session at Sonoma on Saturday morning, the last opportunity for the drivers to spend time on track before qualifying for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Ganassi topped the timesheets again on Saturday morning, but this time it was Dario Ganassi who set the pace with a lap of 1:18.0988s (109.938mph) on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn Sonoma Raceway road course in southern California.

Franchitti was a quarter of a second faster than Ryan Hunter-Reay in the Andretti Autosports #1, and over two tenths faster than his best time of Friday's two practice sessions.

Sebastien Bourdais was third fastest for Dragon Racing and Scott Dixon was fourth fastest ahead of Dale Coyne Racing's Justin Wilson. In all, less than a second covered the top 14 cars.

The only drama was in the last couple of minutes, reports Lynne Huntting of PressSnoop.com from trackside. After having topped the times early in the session, EJ Viso suddenly slowed up five minutes form the end of the45-minute session and was rear-ended by a surprised Will Power in the #12 Penske car. Although the collision did not bring out a red flag, both needed to pit for damage assessment. Viso sustained rear end damage to the car while Power had damage to his side plates. Both drivers are uninjured.

In the remaining time available, IndyCar Series rookie Lucas Luhr jumped up three spots in the standings to 22nd in the #97 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car, only to be pushed back a spot at the very end of the session by his team mate Josef Newgarden in the #67.

The ambient temperature for the pre-noon session was in the low seventies with a brisk breeze, allowing track temperatures to reach 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

Practice 3 times

1. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 109.938mph 1:18.0988s (9 laps)
2. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 109.579mph 1:18.3542s + 0.2554s (11 laps)
3. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 109.304mph 1:18.5513s + 0.4525s (17 laps)
4. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 109.286mph 1:18.5643s + 0.4655s (7 laps)
5. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 109.279mph 1:18.5695s + 0.4707s (14 laps)
6. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 109.154mph 1:18.6593s + 0.5605s (11 laps)
7. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 109.022mph 1:18.7551s + 0.6563s (8 laps)
8. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 109.014mph 1:18.7604s + 0.6616s (12 laps)
9. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 108.972mph 1:18.7912s + 0.6924s (15 laps)
10. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 108.951mph 1:18.8062s + 0.7074s (18 laps)
11. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 108.856mph 1:18.8745s + 0.7757s (14 laps)
12. #16 James Jakes (H) 108.831mph 1:18.8927s + 0.7939s (16 laps)
13. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 108.805mph 1:18.9115s + 0.8127s (11 laps)
14. #4 Ryan Briscoe (C) 108.794mph 1:18.9199s + 0.8211s (14 laps)
15. #12 Will Power (C) 108.624mph 1:19.0436s + 0.9448s (16 laps)
16. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 108.568mph 1:19.0843s + 0.9855s (14 laps)
17. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 108.561mph 1:19.0889s + 0.9901s (15 laps)
18. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 108.549mph 1:19.0982s + 0.9994s (12 laps)
19. #5 EJ Viso (C) 108.450mph 1:19.1701s + 1.0713s (11 laps)
20. #98 JR Hildebrand (H) 108.435mph 1:19.1808s + 1.0820s (13 laps)
21. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 107.723mph 1:19.7045s + 1.6057s (14 laps)
22. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 107.453mph 1:19.9050s + 1.8062s (17 laps)
23. #97 Lucas Luhr (H) 106.893mph 1:20.3230s + 2.2242s (12 laps)
24. #18 James Davison (H) 106.590mph 1:20.5516s + 2.4528s (11 laps)
25. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 106.050mph 1:20.9619s + 2.8631s (19 laps)

Total Laps: 331



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Ryan Hunter-Reay at the Sonoma open test - Wednesday, August 21 2013 (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Lucas Luhr at the Sonoma open test - Wednesday, August 21 2013 (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway on Friday, August 23 2013 (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway on Friday, August 23 2013 (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway on Friday, August 23 2013 (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fifth fastest Saturday, August 29, 2015, for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Montoya is leading the Driver`s Championship in points heading into this final race of the season. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates after qualifying fastest Saturday, August 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Power, the 2014 Champion Driver, has an outside chance to repeat during this final race of the season. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates after qualifying fastest Saturday, August 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Power, the 2014 Champion Driver, has an outside chance to repeat during this final race of the season. (Photo by Sam Cobb/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, qualifies fastest Saturday, August 29, 2015, capturing the pole position for Sunday`s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Power, the 2014 Champion Driver, has an outside chance to repeat during this final race of the season. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Will Power celebrates after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power being interviewed after winning the pole position for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Penske`s Will Power during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay reviews telemetry data in his pit stand during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay apexes the Turn 9A chicane during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay sits in his Andretti Autosport Honda on pit lane prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)

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