Power picks up where he left off in Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis practice

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INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power is one of only two Verizon IndyCar Series drivers to qualify in the top five for both previous Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis races. So it came as no surprise to see the defending pole and race winner sitting atop the speed chart following the opening practice for the third edition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course event.

Power’s lap of 1 minute, 9.8943 seconds (125.624 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to close the session was the only sub-70-second lap recorded. It came within 0.41 of a second of the track record the Team Penske driver set in 2015.

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Graham Rahal was second fastest in the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with a lap of 1:10.0699 (125.309 mph). Round out the top five were Power’s Penske teammates: Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet (1:10.3028), championship leader Simon Pagenaud in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevy (1:10.3448) and Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevy (1:10.3751).

Twenty-five cars, the largest field for a Verizon IndyCar Series race thus far in 2016, are entered for the grand prix, but only 24 turned laps in the 75-minute session. James Hinchcliffe never made it out of pit lane in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda after a fuel leak was discovered in his car.

Also, rookie Matt Brabham, looking to make his first series start, completed just three laps after damaging a wheel hub when the wheel nut on his left rear tire came off.

A second practice session is scheduled from 3-4:15 p.m. ET today and will stream live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com. Qualifying takes place at 3 p.m. ET Friday (also streaming live), with the 82-lap race on the 2.439-mile permanent road course set for Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

12

Power, Will

D/C/C/F

01:09.8943

125.624

--.----

--.----

25

26

2

15

Rahal, Graham

D/H/H/F

01:10.0699

125.309

0.1756

0.1756

28

32

3

2

Montoya, Juan Pablo

D/C/C/F

01:10.3028

124.894

0.4085

0.2329

20

25

4

22

Pagenaud, Simon

D/C/C/F

01:10.3448

124.819

0.4505

0.0420

29

29

5

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/C/F

01:10.3751

124.766

0.4808

0.0303

18

20

6

9

Dixon, Scott

D/C/C/F

01:10.3779

124.761

0.4836

0.0028

14

15

7

21

Newgarden, Josef

D/C/C/F

01:10.3812

124.755

0.4869

0.0033

26

28

8

27

Andretti, Marco

D/H/H/F

01:10.3967

124.727

0.5024

0.0155

21

24

9

11

Bourdais, Sebastien

D/C/C/F

01:10.4017

124.719

0.5074

0.0050

20

21

10

26

Munoz, Carlos

D/H/H/F

01:10.5295

124.493

0.6352

0.1278

25

30

11

28

Hunter-Reay, Ryan

D/H/H/F

01:10.5447

124.466

0.6504

0.0152

18

22

12

16

Pigot, Spencer (R)

D/H/H/F

01:10.5460

124.463

0.6517

0.0013

30

30

13

98

Rossi, Alexander (R)

D/H/H/F

01:10.5983

124.371

0.7040

0.0523

29

31

14

41

Hawksworth, Jack

D/H/H/F

01:10.6321

124.312

0.7378

0.0338

17

17

15

7

Aleshin, Mikhail

D/H/H/F

01:10.6512

124.278

0.7569

0.0191

27

27

16

19

Chaves, Gabby

D/H/H/F

01:10.6892

124.211

0.7949

0.0380

28

31

17

8

Chilton, Max (R)

D/C/C/F

01:10.7064

124.181

0.8121

0.0172

16

17

18

83

Kimball, Charlie

D/C/C/F

01:10.7112

124.173

0.8169

0.0048

21

24

19

14

Sato, Takuma

D/H/H/F

01:10.7557

124.095

0.8614

0.0445

16

22

20

18

Daly, Conor (R)

D/H/H/F

01:10.8545

123.922

0.9602

0.0988

26

26

21

10

Kanaan, Tony

D/C/C/F

01:10.8560

123.919

0.9617

0.0015

18

19

22

6

Hildebrand, JR

D/C/C/F

01:11.4088

122.960

1.5145

0.5528

19

19

23

35

Tagliani, Alex

D/H/H/F

01:11.8761

122.160

1.9818

0.4673

7

8

24

61

Brabham, Matt (R)

D/C/C/F

01:14.7532

117.459

4.8589

2.8771

3

3

(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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