Castroneves, Pagenaud 1-2 in final practice at Pocono


The two top starters for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) were also fastest in the final half hour practice session Saturday evening at Pocono Raceway.

Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud repeated their qualifying performances, now in race simulation runs, to go first and second in final practice for Team Penske. Both topped 220 mph.

Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan – two drivers who were close to wins at Pocono last year before needing late splashes of fuel – were third and fourth with Takuma Sato, driving in one of the two ABC Supply-sponsored cars, top Honda in fifth.

Unsurprisingly Charlie Kimball was unable to get out for final practice as his Chip Ganassi Racing crew prepares the backup No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Meanwhile Marco Andretti had an apparent water leak, per Trackside Online, and was unable to set a time either.

Speeds are below.