The second half of today’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway has had a disjointed start.
On Lap 110, Alex Bowman went into the wall to bring out the caution. Then on the subsequent restart at Lap 114, Brett Moffitt spun out in Turn 3 to slow the race yet again.
The green flag came back out at Lap 120, but once more, the yellow came out almost immediately afterward as Denny Hamlin lost control and made contact with Aric Almirola in Turn 3.
Hamlin took a glancing hit off the wall, while Almirola slid down to the infield grass. There, the front bumper of his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford got stuck; he eventually was able to get out of there and head to the pits.
That led to pit stops in which Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano stayed out, but a good portion of the field went in. Harvick and Logano took the Lap 128 restart in first and second respectively.
Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. with a speed of 122.953 mph.
Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.
Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.
The practice was interrupted several times for incidents.
Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.
With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.
“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”
With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.
Dixon also had an off-road excursion.