Pagenaud Leads Dixon In Final Practice Ahead Of Qualifying In Sonoma
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet led the way for Team Penske in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The Frenchman set a fastest time of 01:16.0329s and ended the session just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda who set a time of 01:16.1454s and ended his session just ahead of the Team Penske trio of Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet, championship leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet and Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet.
Takuma Sato in the No.26 Dickinson Fleet Services Honda was sixth fastest just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal who got a little frustrated with Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais during the session giving the Frenchman the two finger salute.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda was eighth fastest just ahead of his team mate Marco Andretti in the No.27 United Fiber and Data Honda. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda rounded out the top ten.
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Unifin Honda for Dale Coyne Racing ended the session in 11th place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton was 13th fastest in the No.8 Gallagher Honda just ahead of his team mate Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda was 15th fastest just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe was 17th in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda. The Mayor of HinchTown spun his car just at the end of the session but managed to keep the car going.
Jack Harvey in the No.7 AutoNation Honda was 18th for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ending the session just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Carlos Munoz and Ed Carpenter Racing’s JR Hildebrand.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Conor Daly and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Zachery Claman DeMelo rounded out the order in 21st and 22nd place respectively.