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Will Power Leads Final Pocono IndyCar Practice

Will Power won here last year, and he’s looking to back it up Sunday.

With a lap time of 41.610 seconds (216.294 mph), Power led the way in final practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Pocono Raceway. He bested Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud by 0.021 seconds to top the 25-minute session.

Power, who qualified fifth for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500, enters Pocono fifth in the championship, 52 back of point leader Josef Newgarden.

Max Chilton was the highest non-Penske driver of the session, finishing third at a 41.642. He was trailed by Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves, who turned his first laps in his backup car after a crash in qualifying, in the fifth spot.

Following multiple accidents in morning practice and mid-day qualifying, the final practice went clean for the field, as Esteban Gutierrez turned the most laps at 35.

Newgarden was sixth quick with Marco Andretti, Gutierrez, Sebastian Saavedra and Alexander Rossi the top 10. Pole-sitter Takuma Sato was 11th.

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Growing up in Easton, Pa., Zach Catanzareti has grown his auto racing interest from fandom to professional. Joining Frontstretch in 2015, Zach enjoys nothing more than being at the track, having covered his first half-season of 18 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. With experience behind the wheel, behind the camera and in the media center, he thrives on being an all-around reporter.

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