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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)
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