Power on top as Penske 1-2-3 in second straight St. Pete practice

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ST. PETERSBURG – Will Power has led another Team Penske 1-2-3 sweep of practice for this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, in the third and final practice session before qualifying later on Saturday afternoon.

Power’s best lap of 1:01.3621 in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was quicker than he went on Friday, and led teammates Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves overall.

The 2014 polesitter, Takuma Sato, was top Honda in fourth in the No. 14 ABC Supply Co. entry at 1:01.5119, with the fourth Team Penske entry driven by Juan Pablo Montoya in fifth.

The 12 Chevrolet runners occupied 12 of the top 18 positions, with only six Hondas mixed in there and the remaining six in the back.

Red flags occurred for Sebastien Bourdais and Tony Kanaan, both with off-track excursions, but neither with any damage to their respective No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet and No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet cars.

Here are practice three times below. Qualifying for the IndyCar race occurs at 4:10 p.m. ET and local time.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.