INDIANAPOLIS - Wade Cunningham held off a late challenge from Charlie Kimball to win the Freedom 100 on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Cunningham and Kimball pulled away from the rest of the field and dueled over the final stages of the 40-lap event, with Cunningham having just enough to pick up his third win in the race at the historic 2.5-mile oval.
James Hinchcliffe was third, followed by Dan Clarke and Martin Plowman.
Pippa Mann, who became the first woman to win the pole on Thursday, crashed on the second lap after Jeff Simmons lost control and slammed into her. Both Mann and Simmons were uninjured.
Sebastian Saavedra, who is starting in Sunday's Indy 500, finished ninth.
Indy rivals. Dario Franchitti tells the Los Angeles Times' Jim Peltz he is keenly aware that rival Helio Castroneves of Team Penske would make history Sunday by becoming only the fourth driver to win a fourth Indianapolis 500.
Franchitti, a top driver in the Izod IndyCar Series, and an avid student of motor racing history, says he is just as focused on trying to make sure it doesn't happen.
"As far as I'm concerned, Helio can wait until I'm retired" to win another race, Franchitti, 37, said with a smile after topping the speed charts in final practice Friday.
Franchitti instead wants to win his second Indy 500 and thus enable his team owner, Chip Ganassi, to become the first owner to win the Indy 500 and NASCAR's Daytona 500 in the same year. Jamie McMurray of Ganassi's NASCAR team won in Daytona in February.
"We don't just want to beat one car or team, we want to beat everybody, but I think in order to win this thing you're going to have to go through ... you're going to have to pass the Penske team at some point," Franchitti said.