Kanaan leads final practice prior to Road America qualifying

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – As Verizon IndyCar Series teams set themselves up for Verizon P1 qualifying this afternoon, the pace was fast and furious this morning in the third practice of the weekend for the KOHLER Grand Prix. When the checkered flag fell, it was Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan atop the time charts.

Kanaan’s fast lap of 1 minute, 42.6580 seconds (140.763 mph) in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet was the fastest thus far this weekend. Teammate Scott Dixon was second in the No. 9 Clorox Chevrolet at 1:42.6693 (140,747 mph).

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With 231 laps turned, all 22 cars logged at least one lap in the 45-minute session. The session was not without issue, as Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz suffered a mechanical issue five minutes in, causing a brief red flag and lowering a setback to the No. 26 team that was classified in the top five in both Friday practice sessions.

Kanaan, on the other hand, is now the only driver to finish each of the three sessions thus far in the top five. In five previous Indy car races at Road America, the 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series champion’s best start is 10th and best race finish is fourth. The Brazilian is scheduled to make his record 258th consecutive race start Sunday.

Dixon will be making a milestone start himself, as Sunday marks his 200th straight in Indy cars dating to 2001. Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Max Chilton (No. 8 Gallagher Chevrolet) also fared well in the session, finishing fourth at 1:43.0450 (140.234 mph).

Team Penske teammates Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet, 1:42.8490) and Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Menards Chevrolet, 1:43.0973) were third and fifth, respectively, in the session. The top Honda was Ryan Hunter-Reay, sixth in the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport entry (1:43.1284).

Plenty of eyes will be on Josef Newgarden this weekend, as the American is driving with a fractured collarbone and hand sustained in a crash at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12. Newgarden turned just nine laps in this morning’s session, placing 13th with a fast lap of 1:43.4366.

Qualifying for the KOHLER Grand Prix, featuring three knockout rounds climaxing with the Firestone Fast Six, begins at 4 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com, with a delayed broadcast on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Sunday’s 50-lap race on the 4.014-mile permanent road course will be the first Indy car race on the track since 2007. Coverage starts at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Practice 3 results are below:

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

10

Kanaan, Tony

D/C/C/F

01:42.6580

140.763

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15

15

2

9

Dixon, Scott

D/C/C/F

01:42.6693

140.747

0.0113

0.0113

15

16

3

12

Power, Will

D/C/C/F

01:42.8490

140.501

0.1910

0.1797

9

11

4

8

Chilton, Max (R)

D/C/C/F

01:43.0450

140.234

0.3870

0.1960

12

13

5

22

Pagenaud, Simon

D/C/C/F

01:43.0973

140.163

0.4393

0.0523

8

9

6

28

Hunter-Reay, Ryan

D/H/H/F

01:43.1284

140.120

0.4704

0.0311

9

9

7

11

Bourdais, Sebastien

D/C/C/F

01:43.1868

140.041

0.5288

0.0584

7

11

8

14

Sato, Takuma

D/H/H/F

01:43.2380

139.972

0.5800

0.0512

8

8

9

98

Rossi, Alexander (R)

D/H/H/F

01:43.2770

139.919

0.6190

0.0390

13

13

10

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/C/F

01:43.3107

139.873

0.6527

0.0337

6

8

11

18

Daly, Conor (R)

D/H/H/F

01:43.3502

139.820

0.6922

0.0395

12

13

12

15

Rahal, Graham

D/H/H/F

01:43.4181

139.728

0.7601

0.0679

13

13

13

21

Newgarden, Josef

D/C/C/F

01:43.4366

139.703

0.7786

0.0185

5

9

14

20

Pigot, Spencer (R)

D/C/C/F

01:43.4454

139.691

0.7874

0.0088

12

12

15

5

Hinchcliffe, James

D/H/H/F

01:43.4580

139.674

0.8000

0.0126

10

10

16

7

Aleshin, Mikhail

D/H/H/F

01:43.7530

139.277

1.0950

0.2950

12

12

17

41

Hawksworth, Jack

D/H/H/F

01:43.8337

139.169

1.1757

0.0807

5

9

18

27

Andretti, Marco

D/H/H/F

01:43.8604

139.133

1.2024

0.0267

5

6

19

83

Kimball, Charlie

D/C/C/F

01:44.1460

138.751

1.4880

0.2856

14

14

20

19

Chaves, Gabby

D/H/H/F

01:44.2232

138.649

1.5652

0.0772

12

12

21

2

Montoya, Juan Pablo

D/C/C/F

01:44.4451

138.354

1.7871

0.2219

6

7

22

26

Munoz, Carlos

D/H/H/F

01:47.6205

134.272

4.9625

3.1754

1

1

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

Total Laps: 231

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