Power ends day on top at Long Beach

By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter & NASCAR Correspondant

Team Penske was on top once again during practice at Long Beach, but this time it was Will Power who paced the field.

The two-time Long Beach winner bettered his time from this morning to set the fastest lap of the day at 01:07.5992s.

“It was a bit of a good setup,” said Power. “I learned some stuff with Juan and now we’re progressing well. This is a track where I have struggled the last couple of years in qualifying, starting way back there, so I want to start up front and give myself a better chance of winning the race.”

James Hinchcliffe carried the flag for Honda as he logged the second fastest time of the day.Fellow Honda pilot Graham Rahal logged the third quickest lap of the day while Chevrolet filled out the five spots led by a three car spread by points leader Simon Pagenaud and his Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves. Pagenaud logged a quick time late in the session after a shock adjustment allowed him to squeeze some extra speed out of the car.

Andretti Autosport struggled throughout the session with the fastest car for the team being Carlos Munoz in 10th place. 2010 Long Beach winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was only 17th quickest followed by Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi only managed to log the 21st fastest time.

Image credit: Chris Owens/IndyCar

 

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to IndyCar.com along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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