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Will Power, Team Penske lead FP3 at Barber

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Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power led the way for much of the third practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. He was only briefly headed by teammates Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden, who each took turns at the top of the time sheets. However, Power quickly reclaimed the top spot with a lap of 1:06.995. It was also the only lap that dipped below the 1:07 mark.

Newgarden and Castroneves made it a Penske a 1-2-3 in practice, while Mikhail Aleshin was the top Honda driver in fourth. Simon Pagenaud ended up fifth, which put four Penske cars in the top five for the second time this weekend (the Penske quartet went 1-2-3-4 during opening practice on Friday, with Pagenaud leading the way).

The session ran without interruption, the lone incident coming in the form of a quick spin from Ryan Hunter-Reay, who went wide into the grass exiting turn 14 and spun back across the track in front of James Hinchcliffe. However, Hinchcliffe was able to slow himself down in plenty of time to avoid contact and both cars continued on, ending the session sixth (Hinchcliffe) and 11th (Hunter-Reay).

Times are below. Qualifying for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama rolls off at 4:15 p.m. ET (3:15 local time).

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.