Simon Pagenaud

TORONTO -- Simon Pagenaud is making things look easy at the Honda Indy Toronto.

The Team Penske driver backed up his field-leading Friday pace with the quickest lap in Saturday's morning practice for the NTT IndyCar Series. Next up is NTT P1 Award qualifying at 2 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Pagenaud's morning run was clocked at 59.3651 seconds, which was .07 seconds faster than second-place driver Felix Rosenqvist of Chip Ganassi Racing. Rosenqvist also was second on Friday's speed chart.

In Friday's final practice, three drivers turned laps quicker than 1 minute. Saturday morning, 12 did.

Three rookies were in the top five Saturday morning: Rosenqvist, Santino Ferrucci of Dale Coyne Racing (fourth) and Colton Herta of Harding Steinbrenner Racing (fifth).

This latest session saw a handful of adventures, with 2012 race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport sliding into the tire barrier in Turn 8. There was minimal damage to the car, and Hunter-Reay ended with the third-fastest lap. Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan lost control in Turn 1 and slid into the tire barrier. He finished 12th.

Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing had a no-contact spin in Turn 9. He won last year's race, the third of his career.

Coverage of qualifying is on the NBC Sports Network and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. The field will be aiming for Pagenaud's 2017 track record (under this circuit configuration) of 58.9124 seconds.

Sunday's 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto can be followed on the same two platforms at 3 p.m. ET.