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


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.


IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.