Ed Carpenter Racing’s new full-time Verizon IndyCar Series driver JR Hildebrand who replaced Josef Newgarden for 2017 led practice 3 on the day of the open test at Phoenix International Raceway.
The American driving the No.21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet set a fastest speed of 193.234mph ending the session just ahead of owner/driver Ed Carpenter.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Team Penske Chevrolet ended the session in third place with a speed of 191.932mph ending the opening session of the day as the fastest Team Penske driver with Helio Castroneves and Will Power in fourth and fifth place respectively.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Mikhail Aleshin ended the session in sixth place with a fastest speed of 191.079mph ending the session just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan.
Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet was eighth with a fastest speed of 190.842mph ending the session just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top ten in the No.5 Arrow Honda rounded out the top ten.
Scott Dixon in the No.9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda was 11th fastest just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda who in turn was ahead of Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Ed Jones.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda was 14th fastest just ahead of Takuma Sato who was the fastest Andretti Autosport driver in the No.26 Honda.
Max Chilton was 16th fastest in the No.8 Gallagher Honda just ahead of AJ Foyt Racing’s Carlos Munoz in the No.14 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet. Ryan Hunter Reay was 18th fastest in the No.28 DHL Honda. Alexander Rossi’s afternoon came to a premature end after hitting the wall in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda. Conor Daly in the No.4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet ended the session in 20th place while Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti rounded out the order in 21st place.