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INDYCAR: Simon Pagenaud fastest again in P3 at Toronto

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Simon Pagenaud was fastest in the third and final practice session of the weekend for the NTT IndyCar Series on the streets of Toronto Saturday morning, with an elapsed time of 59.3651 seconds around the 11-Turn, 1.786-mile street course.

Pagenaud led Felix Rosenqvist by 0.0702 seconds. Ryan Hunter-Reay ended the session third fastest with a lap of 59.5277 seconds.

Santino Ferrucci (59.6636 seconds) ended the session with fourth fastest, followed by Colton Herta, who rounded out the top five with an elapsed time of 59.6772 seconds. Twelve of the 22 cars in practice posted sub-1 minute times.

The red flag came out twice during the session, both times for divers making contact with tire barriers. Hunter-Reay was the first to bring out the red flag, when his No. 28 Honda made contact with the inside tire barrier in Turn 8 with 12 minutes remaining in the session.

Graham Rahal would also bring out the red flag with for minutes remaining when his No, 15 Honda slid into the barrier in Turn 1.

The time in the session would expire while crews removed Rahal’s car, however INDYCAR gave teams one more timed lap to end the session.

Qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto begins later this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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WATCH LIVE: IndyCar practice and qualifying at Laguna Seca

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For the first time in 15 years, Indy cars will be racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and the stakes have never been higher.

Tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Monterey is the final race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, and with four drivers mathematically eligible for the series championship, there will be plenty of story lines to follow.

Current series points leader Josef Newgarden enters this weekend with a 41-point lead over second-place Alexander Rossi.

A California native, Rossi attended his first IndyCar race with his father as child at Laguna Seca when he was three years old.

He now hopes to win his first IndyCar championship at the track where he fell in love with the sport, but after suffering a broken bolt in practice 1 yesterday, he will need to find speed in P3 and qualifying today in order to put himself in the best position to fight for the title.

Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon are also in contention to win the championship this weekend, and another title would only add to their already illustrious IndyCar careers.

Leigh Diffey, Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell will call today’s on-track action from the booth, while Marty Snider, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller will report from the pits.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday 9/21, 1 p.m. ET, IndyCar Practice 3, NBC Sports Gold 

Saturday 9/21, 4:30 p.m. ET, IndyCar Qualifying, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold

Saturday 9/21, 6 p.m. ET, Indy Lights Race 1, NBC Sports Gold 

 

For sessions on NBC Sports Gold, be sure to have your username and password handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.