Will Power set the fastest time in Saturday's third IndyCar practice session in Long Beach.
On a morning peppered with several red flag interruptions, Power managed to make the most of the available time under greens to post a best lap of 1m10.7553s, putting him just 0.017sec clear of Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Power's Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was third-fastest, but also triggered one of the reds when he caught too much of the curb on the inside of Turn 5 and was pitched into the wall.
Tony Kanaan (KV) prompted another red with an identical crash a few laps earlier, while others were brought about by various breakdowns or minor accidents involving James Hinchcliffe (Andretti), Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman), James Jakes (Dale Coyne) and Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon).
Qualifying – albeit rendered somewhat meaningless this weekend due to half of the field being subject to grid penalties for unauthorized engine changes – follows this afternoon.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap
1. Will Power Penske DW12-Chevy 1m10.7553s
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m10.7723s + 0.0170s
3. Helio Castroneves Penske DW12-Chevy 1m10.9687s + 0.2134s
4. EJ Viso KV DW12-Chevy 1m11.0087s + 0.2534s
5. Marco Andretti Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m11.0258s + 0.2705s
6. Scott Dixon Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m11.1032s + 0.3479s
7. Graham Rahal Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m11.1045s + 0.3492s
8. Tony Kanaan KV DW12-Chevy 1m11.1162s + 0.3609s
9. Takuma Sato Rahal DW12-Honda 1m11.2987s + 0.5434s
10. Ryan Briscoe Penske DW12-Chevy 1m11.3683s + 0.6130s
11. James Hinchcliffe Andretti DW12-Chevy 1m11.4196s + 0.6643s
12. JR Hildebrand Panther DW12-Chevy 1m11.6523s + 0.8970s
13. Rubens Barrichello KV DW12-Chevy 1m11.6598s + 0.9045s
14. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt DW12-Honda 1m11.8648s + 1.1095s
15. Charlie Kimball Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m11.9944s + 1.2391s
16. Josef Newgarden Fisher DW12-Honda 1m12.0616s + 1.3063s
17. Justin Wilson Coyne DW12-Honda 1m12.2033s + 1.4480s
18. Mike Conway Foyt DW12-Honda 1m12.3602s + 1.6049s
19. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon DW12-Lotus 1m12.3886s + 1.6333s
20. Dario Franchitti Ganassi DW12-Honda 1m12.3955s + 1.6402s
21. Alex Tagliani BHA DW12-Lotus 1m12.4704s + 1.7151s
22. Oriol Servia Dreyer & Reinbold DW12-Lotus 1m13.3741s + 2.6188s
23. James Jakes Coyne DW12-Honda 1m13.5937s + 2.8384s
24. Ed Carpenter Carpenter DW12-Chevy 1m13.7486s + 2.9933s
25. Katherine Legge Dragon DW12-Lotus 1m16.5889s + 5.8336s
26. Simona de Silvestro HVM DW12-Lotus