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Alexander Rossi fastest in third Long Beach practice


John Cote

Defending Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach champion Alexander Rossi was the fastest driver in Saturday morning’s IndyCar Series practice session on the Southern California street course.

The driver of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda topped the speed charts with seconds remaining in the third practice session of the weekend, with an elapsed time of 1 minute, 7.0588 seconds.

Fellow Honda driver Graham Rahal was second fastest, 0.1278 seconds behind, in a practice session that saw 21 of the 23 competitors separated by less than a second.

Scott Dixon was third fastest with a time of 1 minute, 7.2257 seconds, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has shown speed all weekend. Simon Pagenaud’s Team Penske machine was the fastest Chevrolet-powered entry of the session, finishing fifth-fastest.

The 45-minute practice session saw several drivers lock up the brakes and stall in the runoff areas of the track, with drivers such as Will Power, Matheus Leist and Takuma Sato finding their way off course.

NTT Pole award qualifying is up next for the IndyCar Series, with qualifying scheduled to begin at 3:10 pm E.T. and will be broadcast live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold.

Full practice 3 results

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