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Baltimore: Practice 3 times

Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport's Simon Pagenaud set the fastest time on Saturday morning, in the final practice session before qualifying for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.
Simon Pagenaud will have the confidence boost of having been the fastest man in the third 45-minute practice session in Baltimore as he heads into qualifying for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.

The Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport driver set a time of 1:18.4391s (93.627mph) in the final minute of practice, putting him over a full second faster than the best time posted by anyone during Friday's two sessions but still some way off Will Power's 2012 qualifying track record of 1:17.9750s. The #77 was just over a tenth faster than Ganassi's Scott Dixon who narrowly pipped Power for second spot on the timesheets.

Dixon and Power were involved in an early on-track incident during the session. Dixon eased up in order to build some space between him and Graham Rahal up ahead, but Power was caught out and the #12 Penske ended up running into the back of the #9 Ganassi at turn 12. Power needed a new front wing for his car, while Dixon was spun around and into the wall by the impact and his Honda engine required refiring to allow him to get back to pit lane for his own new nose section.

That caused the second red flag of the session, after an early stoppage for Power's team mate Helio Castroneves spinning the #3 in the early minutes. There was a third green flag 15 minutes into the session for two unrelated incidents, both of them featuring KV Racing Technology cars: Tony Kanaan ended up in the run-off at turn 4, while Simona de Silvestro found the tyres at turn 8 and needed retrieving.

After this staccato first half to the session, the remaining 22 minutes proceeded without any more interruptions, although James Hinchcliffe came close when he clipped a chicane kerb, knocked off his left rear wheel guard and briefly ended up in the run-off. Hinchcliffe's Andretti Autosport team mate Marco Andretti did a decent impression of his own of the incident a few minutes later, again without triggering a red.

Qualifying will begin at noon (5pm BST) and will follow the usual IndyCar three-round elimination format with the top 12 fastest drivers progressing to round 2 and then the top half of the field making it through to the Firestone Fast Six pole shootout.

A half-hour Sunday morning warm-up at 10.15am (3.15pm BST) precedes the race itself which runs from 2.30pm (7.30pm BST).

Practice 3 times

1. #77 Simon Pagenaud (H) 93.627mph 1:18.4391s (16 laps)
2. #9 Scott Dixon (H) 93.496mph 1:18.5486s + 0.1095s (17 laps)
3. #12 Will Power (C) 93.456mph 1:18.5826s + 0.1435s (16 laps)
4. #7 Sebastien Bourdais (C) 93.364mph 1:18.6597s + 0.2206s (16 laps)
5. #16 James Jakes (H) 93.200mph 1:18.7980s + 0.3589s (10 laps)
6. #15 Graham Rahal (H) 93.037mph 1:18.9363s + 0.4972s (16 laps)
7. #4 Oriol Servia (C) 93.010mph 1:18.9590s + 0.5199s (16 laps)
8. #5 EJ Viso (C) 92.982mph 1:18.9834s + 0.5443s (18 laps)
9. #98 Luca Filippi (H) 92.939mph 1:19.0194s + 0.5803s (15 laps)
10. #19 Justin Wilson (H) 92.896mph 1:19.0563s + 0.6172s (16 laps)
11. #3 Helio Castroneves (C) 92.886mph 1:19.0648s + 0.6257s (17 laps)
12. #67 Josef Newgarden (H) 92.857mph 1:19.0894s + 0.6503s (18 laps)
13. #10 Dario Franchitti (H) 92.811mph 1:19.1284s + 0.6893s (12 laps)
14. #55 Tristan Vautier (H) 92.768mph 1:19.1649s + 0.7258s (14 laps)
15. #83 Charlie Kimball (H) 92.710mph 1:19.2145s + 0.7754s (18 laps)
16. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay (C) 92.687mph 1:19.2340s + 0.7949s (18 laps)
17. #6 Sebastian Saavedra (C) 92.452mph 1:19.4357s + 0.9966s (16 laps)
18. #27 James Hinchcliffe (C) 92.431mph 1:19.4538s + 1.0147s (13 laps)
19. #11 Tony Kanaan (C) 92.393mph 1:19.4868s + 1.0477s (15 laps)
20. #25 Marco Andretti (C) 91.786mph 1:20.0122s + 1.5731s (13 laps)
21. #14 Takuma Sato (H) 91.738mph 1:20.0539s + 1.6148s (16 laps)
22. #78 Simona De Silvestro (C) 91.610mph 1:20.1658s + 1.7267s (15 laps)
23. #20 Ed Carpenter (C) 90.541mph 1:21.1120s + 2.6729s (19 laps)
24. #18 Stefan Wilson (H) 90.469mph 1:21.1770s + 2.7379s (18 laps)

Total Laps: 378



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Will Power during practice for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Friday, August 30 2013. (Photo Credit: Brett Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Ganassi team mates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon confer during practice for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Friday, August 30 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves during practice for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Friday, August 30 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simona de Silvestro gets airborne in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Saturday, August 31 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud during practice for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Friday, August 30 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon sprays the champagne in Victory Circle following his win in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon is congratulated by Dario Franchitti after winning the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon with a victory kiss from his wife, Emma, following clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his victory in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, his fourth series championship of his career. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Ernie Masche/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, after winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Joining him on the podium is Charlie Kimball, driver of the #83 Novolog Flexpen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 who finished third. Chevrolet won its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon - 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion - Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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