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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Dixon sets record Mid-Ohio pole pace

August 1st, 2015

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Scott Dixon saw off a late challenge from Will Power to secure pole position for Sunday’s IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio. The track record was broken three times over the course of the session, and two of those came from Dixon on consecutive laps right at the end of the Fast Six, when the Ganassi driver backed up a 1m04.6588s with a 1m04.5814s on scuffed tyres. As it turned out, that late improvement was needed: while Dixon’s second-last lap was almost 0.4 seconds faster than the rest of the field, a last-gasp improvement from Penske driver Power meant that the final margin between the pair was just 0.09s. Sebastien Bourdais was best of the rest for KV, with Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Charlie Kimball completing a Chevrolet lock-out of the [...]

Dixon tops another Mid-Ohio practice

August 1st, 2015

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Scott Dixon continues to set the early-weekend pace at Mid-Ohio after topping the third IndyCar practice session on Saturday morning. The Ganassi driver, who was also fastest on Friday, waited until his final flying lap to post his 1m05.1209s, leaving him more than 0.3 seconds clear of second-fastest Josef Newgarden’s CFH car. Charlie Kimball finished up in third ahead of Sebastien Bourdais, while Andretti duo Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti clocked in as the fastest Hondas at fifth and sixth respectively. Unlike Friday’s red flag-filled sessions, the drivers started Saturday with an unbroken spell of green flag conditions to work with. There were a couple of close calls though, the most spectacular coming when Luca Filippi lost the rear of his CFH Racing car and completed a neat 360 degree [...]

Dixon ends Friday practice on top

July 31st, 2015

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Scott Dixon denied Sebastien Bourdais a clean sweep of the opening day of IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio with a last-gasp fastest time during the second session on Friday. Bourdais, who was the pacesetter earlier in the day for KV, climbed to first place when he posted a 1m06.0190s effort with five minutes left on the clock. Just a couple of minutes later Dixon went faster still in his Ganassi entry, creeping below the 1m06s barrier for the first time this weekend with a 1m05.9645s. His time remained unbeaten when the chequered flag flew, but the level of competition among the frontrunners was reflected in the top six being covered by less than 0.2 seconds. That count included two Honda entries – those of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato – and [...]

Bourdais leads practice at Mid-Ohio

July 31st, 2015

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Sebastien Bourdais ended the morning fastest after a busy first practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar round at Mid-Ohio. The Frenchman first took his place at the top two-thirds of the way through the session, and reclaimed it right at the end with a 1m06.2034s flying lap in his KV Racing Technology Dallara-Chevrolet. Will Power finished the session second-fastest for Penske with a time 0.16s down on Bourdais’, despite a 360-degree spin in the closing minutes. Power’s spin was entirely in keeping with the tone of the morning, during which nearly 10 minutes were spent under red flags due to single-car incidents. Culprits included Stefano Coletti, Luca Filippi (both of whom also spent short stints in first place early on), and Tony Kanaan, although all were spared contact with the [...]

Walker resigns from IndyCar position

July 30th, 2015

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Derrick Walker has resigned from his role as IndyCar’s president of competition and operations, the series announced on Thursday. Former team boss Walker (left) took the position during the 2013 season, focusing on several areas of IndyCar racing including the introduction of manufacturer aero kits for the 2015 campaign. “I have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with the team owners, drivers and the team at IndyCar,” said Walker, who also worked on helping set up new events, investment in race control technology and safety improvements on the current cars. “After two and a half racing seasons, I believe the timing is right to move on to other opportunities.” Walker will leave his role at the end of August, following the finish of the 2015 season. Mark Miles, CEO of [...]

Zanardi wants to race in Indy 500

July 28th, 2015

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Alex Zanardi has revealed an ambition to compete in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time. The two-time CART champion, who lost his legs in an accident at the Lausitzring in 2001, said that racing at Indy remained one of his unfulfilled ambitions as a driver. “I’m not going to be an unsatisfied old man if it doesn’t happen, but I would love to do the Indy 500 if the right opportunity came up,” said the 48-year-old. Zanardi missed out on the chance to compete at Indianapolis when he was racing in US single-seaters courtesy of the split between CART and IndyCar. He explained that he had talked about racing at Indy with his friend and former team-mate Jimmy Vasser, boss of the KV Racing Technology IndyCar squad. “I’ve kind [...]

IndyCar introduces new rain tyre

July 27th, 2015

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IndyCar will introduce a new wet-weather tyre from this weekend’s Mid-Ohio round, following development work from series supplier Firestone. The new tyres are the result of a year-long process to improve on the previous generation of wets introduced 12 months ago. Several experimental tyre compounds were evaluated and put through testing at Bridgestone’s proving grounds in Texas, with IndyCar teams helping by supplying data on loads and speeds usually experienced during wet running on road and street courses. “We optimised the tyre to better fit wet conditions,” said Dale Harrigle, chief engineer for Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and manager of race tyre development. “The key feature of this new rain tyre is it’s a new tread compound. “It will be a learning process for teams and drivers. The biggest challenge for [...]

IndyCar gives green light to LEDs

July 24th, 2015

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IndyCar will debut its rollhoop LED position display panels at next weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio. The panels, which have been tested several times this year, display each car’s on-track position in real time, and will use different colours to convey different information: red as the default display for running order, green to show time spent in the pits, and a flashing green ‘PP’ to indicate when a driver is on the push-to-pass. Unlike similar systems employed in sportscars, which only update as the car crosses the start/finish line, the IndyCar system will update at all of the timing points around the track. “IndyCar is committed to implementing new technology into the IndyCar Series and this project was about how we can to enhance the at-track experience for fans at our [...]

IndyCar: New rule not a ‘gag order’

July 22nd, 2015

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IndyCar insists that a new tightening of its rules relating to driver conduct is not a gag order. The series was greeting widespread criticism from paddock figures and commentators almost immediately after announcing the addition of Rule 9.3.8 to its regulations. In full, the new rule states that: Competitors must be respectful, professional, fair and courteous to others. At all times, Competitors must not, attempt to, or engage in conduct or statements that in the judgment of INDYCAR: a) Threatens or denigrates any Official, fellow Competitor or the INDYCAR brand;b) Calls into question the integrity or legitimacy of the Rules or their application, construction or interpretation;c) Denigrates the IndyCar Series racing schedule or Event(s);d) Threatens or denigrates any INDYCAR business relationship, including those with sponsors or broadcasters;e) Otherwise threatens the [...]

Rahal: ‘We can win Honda a title’

July 20th, 2015

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Graham Rahal believes he can now overhaul Juan Pablo Montoya for the IndyCar championship title after moving up to second in the standings following a charging performance at Iowa Speedway. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara-Honda driver lost two laps with a puncture on Saturday night, got back onto the lead lap then lost another lap at a pitstop while a gearshift problem was attended to. Iowa IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay takes first win of 2015 He then fought back onto the lead lap again and through to fourth place, bringing him to within 42 points of leader Montoya with three rounds left – including the double-scoring Sonoma finale – and 50 available for a win. “Nights like [Iowa] are what build character, and what builds champions,” said Rahal. “It speaks volumes [...]

Hunter-Reay takes first win of 2015

July 19th, 2015

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Ryan Hunter-Reay ended an IndyCar season-long run of poor form with a victory at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night. The Andretti driver started in ninth, and began his move into the lead when he jumped from fifth to second with a great restart on lap 185. That later turned into the lead when he emerged ahead of Josef Newgarden after the next round of stops, and from there on he capitalised on the clean air ahead to secure his third win at the venue in four years. “It was going to be tough to beat everyone today, but this car was on rails at the end,” he said. “I was driving the snot out of it. It was loose and I just kept my foot on the floor. This is [...]

Doughnuts behind Bourdais breach

July 18th, 2015

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Sebastien Bourdais’ post-race victory doughnuts at Milwaukee last week have been labelled the likely cause of his car subsequently being found to be under IndyCar’s minimum weight. The Frenchman’s KV Racing team was fined $5000 after the car failed the technical inspection, coming in below the mandated 1600lb. While IndyCar did not provide any additional information about the infraction, it did say in a statement that the relatively small punishment reflected the minor nature of the breach. However IndyCar president of competition and operations Derrick Walker told AUTOSPORT in Iowa that the car was three pounds (1.3kg) underweight, and identified Bourdais’s post-race celebration as the culprit. “We think it was all of those doughnuts that he did,” Walker said. “He took all the rubber off the tyres. The car was [...]

Castroneves ends Ganassi’s Iowa run

July 18th, 2015

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Helio Castroneves ended Ganassi’s early-weekend domination at Iowa by beating Tony Kanaan to pole position for tonight’s IndyCar race. Castroneves was 18th in line to make his qualifying run, and reeled off a two-lap average of 183.480mph to defeat the 183.125mph effort set a few minutes earlier by Kanaan. “The conditions changed a little bit,” said Castroneves. “Obviously the heat is the biggest factor, and we as a team [Penske] were able to find a good balance. “The car was strong last week in Milwaukee, it’s showing that it’s very strong here as well, and I can’t wait to start the race now.” While the temperature was certainly a factor, it was actually fractionally cooler than during Friday practice, although the heat index was still in the low-30s with a [...]

Practice sweep for Kaanaan and Ganassi

July 18th, 2015

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Tony Kanaan continued to set the IndyCar pace in Iowa after once again going fastest in the second practice session on Friday. In a reprise of the first session earlier in the day, Kanaan established himself at the top with his third flying lap and remained unbeaten, with team-mate Scott Dixon again rounding out a Ganassi 1-2. There was little to split the pair: Kanaan’s 17.7544 seconds, 181.273mph lap was a scant 0.0044mph faster than Dixon’s, which translated into 0.0033s in lap time. “We’ve always been good here, and I think we have a pretty good set-up,” said Kanaan. “The track suits my style – the short ovals are one of my strengths. “It’s going to be a close qualifying tomorrow, especially with the weather. It’s going to be a [...]

Kanaan leads Ganassi practice 1-2

July 17th, 2015

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Tony Kanaan led a Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 in the opening practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway. On a blazing hot afternoon, Kanaan established himself at the top early on with a 17.9580 seconds 179.218mph lap, and his speed was never bettered. Team-mate Scott Dixon was also at his fastest early on, posting a 179.113mph effort with his third lap, which remained good enough to keep him second-fastest until the end of the session. Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay was third-fastest ahead of Charlie Kimball and Josef Newgarden. While IndyCar sessions are usually typified by a close field, today’s opening 45 minutes was anything but. Pippa Mann brought up the rear at 169.589mph – just over one second slower than the leaders, on a track with a sub-18s [...]

KV fined following Bourdais victory

July 16th, 2015

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KV Racing has been fined $5000 after Sebastien Bourdais’ race-winning car from last weekend’s IndyCar race at Milwaukee was found to be underweight. The series offered no details of the infraction other than confirming that a post-race inspection determined that the car was in breach of Rule 14.3.1.1, which specifies a minimum weight of 1600 pounds for road/street courses and short ovals. It is the third time in four seasons that a race-winning car has failed a technical inspection. The Dale Coyne Racing car driven to victory in Houston by Carlos Huertas last year was later found to be in breach of rules dictating the fuel tank capacity and rear wing dimensions, while an illegal aero part was discovered on Justin Wilson’s sidepods following his win – also with Coyne [...]

Bourdais wins with inspired strategy

July 13th, 2015

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Sebastien Bourdais capitalised on an inspired strategy call from KV team boss Jimmy Vasser to win a thrilling IndyCar encounter at Milwaukee. The combination of caution periods and a topsy-turvy grid set the race up as a pit strategy duel right from the start, but the day first began to swing in Bourdais’ favour when his team elected to keep him out when almost everyone else in the field pitted during the first caution just before the halfway mark. At that point Bourdais was on tyres that were only 10 laps old, and as soon as the field was released back into green flag conditions, the Frenchman made the most of the clean air to vanish up the road: 20 laps and a couple of cautions later he had a [...]

Newgarden claims first IndyCar pole

July 12th, 2015

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Josef Newgarden claimed the first pole position of his IndyCar career by topping a tricky qualifying session at Milwaukee. The CFH driver drew the 15th qualifying slot and reeled off a two-lap average of 170.223mph to move into first place, beating the provisional benchmark set just a moment earlier by Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan. With an average speed more than 0.5mph quicker than the Brazilian’s, Newgarden’s time was always going to offer a challenge to the drivers still yet to complete their runs, and indeed only Schmidt’s Ryan Briscoe managed to join him in averaging over 170mph. “It’s great,” said Newgarden, who also headed both of the weekend’s practice sessions. “We’ve never got a pole before so I’m just happy for the crew. “And it’s cool to do it on an [...]

Newgarden stays on top at Milwaukee

July 12th, 2015

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Josef Newgarden continues to set the IndyCar pace at Milwaukee, the CFH racer topping the times for the final practice session before qualifying. Newgarden, who was also quickest on Saturday afternoon, once again waited until late in the session to show his hand. His fastest lap of 170.654mph came in the final few minutes and unseated long-time session leader Helio Castroneves’ 170.348mph effort. Graham Rahal also held his place among the frontrunners, finishing up third-quickest ahead of Charlie Kimball, with Takuma Sato rounding out the top five. The session was interrupted by just one brief caution for a track inspection, but it was spared a longer delay by Tony Kanaan’s quick reflexes: the Brazilian took evasive action just in time to avoid contact after being chopped by Pippa Mann. This [...]

Newgarden heads Milwaukee practice

July 12th, 2015

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Josef Newgarden opened this weekend’s IndyCar round at Milwaukee by topping the times in Saturday’s first practice session. The CFH driver shot to P1 in the closing minutes with a fastest lap of 169.628mph to beat the previous benchmark of 168.777mph set by Takuma Sato, who himself had only assumed the role of leader after Tony Kanaan had dug himself in at the top for most of the session. While Kanaan’s 167.702mph lap remained unbeaten for more than an hour, the Brazilian was unable to improve upon it as the session progressed and he finished the afternoon fifth-fastest. Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud made a late jump to finish up in P2 on a day where his team-mates found themselves 10th (Will Power), 11th (Helio Castroneves) and 15th (Juan Pablo Montoya). [...]