LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Josef Newgarden led the 24-driver field in the morning practice before the three rounds of qualifications for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
Newgarden, driving the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing car, recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 06.6536 seconds on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course that was still drying from overnight rain and a brief morning shower. He logged 12 laps.
“The kid really has it together," team co-owner Sarah Fisher said. "We made some changes overnight and reacted really well to a green track. He’s getting everything out of it he can. It was nice to see that. We’re just looking forward to qualifying and go through the day.”
Click it: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Practice 3 results
Qualifications to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner for the 90-lap race Aug. 4 are scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET).
Marco Andretti was .0708 of a second back in the No. 25 RC Cola car and Andretti Autosport teammate E.J. Viso (1:06.7339) was third.
Will Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, set the pace in practice Aug. 2 with a lap of 1:05.4332, which was faster than his 2012 pole-winning time.