Power leads final practice before Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama qualifying

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – One rarely has to look far to find Will Power’s name on the starting grid at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

The Team Penske driver has qualified first or second in five of the six previous Verizon IndyCar Series events at Barber Motorsports Park. To see Power’s No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet atop the leaderboard in today’s final practice before Verizon P1 Award knockout qualifying this afternoon is hardly earth-shattering.

Power clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 7.0198 seconds (123.546 mph) on the undulating 2.3-mile permanent road course to place himself as the favorite to win the pole a fourth time at Barber. The lap set on the slower Firestone primary tires is less than three-tenths of a second shy of Scott Dixon’s track record of 1:06.7750 (123.999 mph) from 2013.

CLICK HERE: Practice 3 results; Combined practice results; Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama qualifying groups

Dixon was second in today’s practice with a lap of 1:07.1173 (123.366 mph) in the No. 9 Coca-Cola Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. A pair of Honda drivers – James Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry (1:07.1325) and Carlos Munoz in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport car (1:07.1795) – tucked in right behind Dixon.

Simon Pagenaud, the current Verizon IndyCar Series points leader fresh off his win a week ago at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, was fifth fastest in the No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet for Team Penske.

Twenty of the 21 cars came within a second of Power’s fast lap.

Three rounds of knockout qualifying to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner begin at 4 p.m. ET. Live coverage is available on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network (Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com).

The seventh annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, 90 laps on the 2.3-mile circuit, is set for Sunday. Live coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network (network affiliates plus the outlets mentioned above), with the green flag scheduled for 3:45 p.m. ET.

Practice 3 results:

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

12

Power, Will

D/C/C/F

01:07.0198

123.546

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7

12

2

9

Dixon, Scott

D/C/C/F

01:07.1173

123.366

0.0975

0.0975

11

19

3

5

Hinchcliffe, James

D/H/H/F

01:07.1325

123.338

0.1127

0.0152

9

17

4

26

Munoz, Carlos

D/H/H/F

01:07.1795

123.252

0.1597

0.0470

10

16

5

22

Pagenaud, Simon

D/C/C/F

01:07.2819

123.064

0.2621

0.1024

13

15

6

11

Bourdais, Sebastien

D/C/C/F

01:07.3505

122.939

0.3307

0.0686

5

15

7

2

Montoya, Juan Pablo

D/C/C/F

01:07.3516

122.937

0.3318

0.0011

17

17

8

7

Aleshin, Mikhail

D/H/H/F

01:07.3553

122.930

0.3355

0.0037

11

20

9

21

Newgarden, Josef

D/C/C/F

01:07.3844

122.877

0.3646

0.0291

12

21

10

15

Rahal, Graham

D/H/H/F

01:07.3957

122.857

0.3759

0.0113

16

23

11

41

Hawksworth, Jack

D/H/H/F

01:07.4927

122.680

0.4729

0.0970

3

12

12

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/C/F

01:07.5002

122.666

0.4804

0.0075

20

21

13

14

Sato, Takuma

D/H/H/F

01:07.5687

122.542

0.5489

0.0685

9

14

14

8

Chilton, Max (R)

D/C/C/F

01:07.5735

122.533

0.5537

0.0048

11

16

15

28

Hunter-Reay, Ryan

D/H/H/F

01:07.6207

122.448

0.6009

0.0472

6

16

16

83

Kimball, Charlie

D/C/C/F

01:07.7161

122.275

0.6963

0.0954

19

24

17

10

Kanaan, Tony

D/C/C/F

01:07.7374

122.237

0.7176

0.0213

7

23

18

27

Andretti, Marco

D/H/H/F

01:07.8589

122.018

0.8391

0.1215

11

19

19

98

Rossi, Alexander (R)

D/H/H/F

01:07.9026

121.939

0.8828

0.0437

9

20

20

18

Daly, Conor (R)

D/H/H/F

01:07.9675

121.823

0.9477

0.0649

4

16

21

19

Filippi, Luca

D/H/H/F

01:08.4882

120.897

1.4684

0.5207

8

21

(R) Rookie

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)ire: F=Firestone

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