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“We came with a really good package, and between my teammates and I, we tried some random things in the first session to get where we were this afternoon,” Castroneves said. “We like the direction that we are going and we are very encouraged. We know (Saturday) and Sunday are the days that matter, so we want to stay up front then, so we’ll continue working.”

Dixon finished second on the day, and Mike Conway third. Simon Pagenaud, who led the morning practice, was fourth overall and James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top five.