Defending Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner Ryan Hunter-Reay may have led Friday’s Verizon IndyCar Series practices, but this morning, it was his teammate’s turn to top the time charts.
James Hinchcliffe was fastest in the the third and final practice before qualifying later this afternoon on the 2.37-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course.
In the last few minutes of the session, the Andretti Autosport driver logged a time of 1:07.9206 in his No. 27 United Fiber and Data Honda to take P1 from Sebastien Bourdais.
Bourdais’ time of 1:08.0290 in his No. 11 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet would be good enough for second, while Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was third-fastest in the No. 9 Target Chevrolet at 1:08.0916.
Helio Castroneves was fourth-fastest in the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet (1:08.1611) despite bringing out the lone red flag of the session when he stopped on course.
Teammate and championship leader Will Power was fifth-fastest in the No. 12 Chevrolet (1:08.1670). As for Hunter-Reay, he was sixth in the session (1:08.1956).
Altogether, times took a considerable jump from yesterday’s practices, which were marred by multiple red flags in Practice 1 and higher than expected track temperatures in Practice 2. This morning, 17 drivers turned in quicker laps than Hunter-Reay’s time of 1:08.7836 that paced Practice 2.
Qualifying for Sunday’s main event will take place later this afternoon at 3 p.m. ET; NBCSN will broadcast the proceedings in late night at 12:30 a.m. ET.
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES AT BARBER – PRACTICE 3 RESULTS
COMBINED PRACTICE RESULTS
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
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