Four drivers go faster than track record in Angie's List Grand Prix practice

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INDIANAPOLIS – Get ready for a record-breaking qualifying session this afternoon for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Under ideally cool conditions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, four Verizon IndyCar Series drivers clocked laps in this morning’s practice faster than the official track record Will Power set on the 2.439-mile road course a year ago. The leader was Power himself, taking the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to a lap of 1 minute, 9.3184 seconds (126.667 mph) that’s nearly two-tenths of a second better than the lap that won him the Verizon P1 Award and pole position for the 2015 race.

CLICK HERE: Practice 3 results; Combined practice results

Also turning laps faster than the track standard this morning were: Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet (1:09.3314, 126.644 mph), Simon Pagenaud in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevy (1:09.4248, 126.474 mph) and Scott Dixon in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy (1:09.4484, 126.431 mph).

All this speed among the 25-car field took place on the black-sidewall Firestone primary tires. The red-sidewall alternate tires, featuring a softer compound that normally yields faster lap times than the primaries, will be in full use during qualifying.

Official track records can only be set in qualifying or a race, so Power’s 2015 standard remains for a few hours.

Three rounds of knockout qualifying, culminating in the Firestone Fast Six, begin at 3 p.m. ET and will be streamed live at RaceControl.IndyCar.com. The 82-lap race takes place Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

Pagenaud, coming off back-to-back wins at Long Beach and Barber Motorsports Park, is the Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader after four races with 188 points. Dixon is second with 140 and Montoya third at 136. Pagenaud (2014) and Power (2015) are the two past winners of the Angie’s List Grand Prix.

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

12

Power, Will

D/C/C/F

01:09.3189

126.667

--.----

--.----

10

15

2

2

Montoya, Juan Pablo

D/C/C/F

01:09.3314

126.644

0.0125

0.0125

16

16

3

22

Pagenaud, Simon

D/C/C/F

01:09.4248

126.474

0.1059

0.0934

15

22

4

9

Dixon, Scott

D/C/C/F

01:09.4484

126.431

0.1295

0.0236

16

23

5

14

Sato, Takuma

D/H/H/F

01:09.5111

126.317

0.1922

0.0627

8

15

6

28

Hunter-Reay, Ryan

D/H/H/F

01:09.5421

126.260

0.2232

0.0310

11

17

7

15

Rahal, Graham

D/H/H/F

01:09.5633

126.222

0.2444

0.0212

20

24

8

26

Munoz, Carlos

D/H/H/F

01:09.5775

126.196

0.2586

0.0142

17

20

9

10

Kanaan, Tony

D/C/C/F

01:09.6234

126.113

0.3045

0.0459

18

19

10

11

Bourdais, Sebastien

D/C/C/F

01:09.6603

126.046

0.3414

0.0369

14

18

11

5

Hinchcliffe, James

D/H/H/F

01:09.6646

126.038

0.3457

0.0043

19

19

12

41

Hawksworth, Jack

D/H/H/F

01:09.7125

125.952

0.3936

0.0479

10

16

13

98

Rossi, Alexander (R)

D/H/H/F

01:09.7140

125.949

0.3951

0.0015

19

19

14

8

Chilton, Max (R)

D/C/C/F

01:09.7266

125.926

0.4077

0.0126

16

18

15

16

Pigot, Spencer (R)

D/H/H/F

01:09.7353

125.910

0.4164

0.0087

20

22

16

83

Kimball, Charlie

D/C/C/F

01:09.7615

125.863

0.4426

0.0262

13

23

17

21

Newgarden, Josef

D/C/C/F

01:09.7677

125.852

0.4488

0.0062

11

19

18

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/C/F

01:09.7753

125.838

0.4564

0.0076

11

19

19

6

Hildebrand, JR

D/C/C/F

01:09.8224

125.753

0.5035

0.0471

16

21

20

27

Andretti, Marco

D/H/H/F

01:09.8400

125.722

0.5211

0.0176

18

18

21

18

Daly, Conor (R)

D/H/H/F

01:10.0112

125.414

0.6923

0.1712

17

18

22

7

Aleshin, Mikhail

D/H/H/F

01:10.0664

125.315

0.7475

0.0552

19

20

23

61

Brabham, Matt (R)

D/C/C/F

01:10.2886

124.919

0.9697

0.2222

17

23

24

35

Tagliani, Alex

D/H/H/F

01:10.4099

124.704

1.0910

0.1213

2

10

25

19

Chaves, Gabby

D/H/H/F

01:10.4477

124.637

1.1288

0.0378

13

20

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