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Dixon Paces Opening Day Of Practice For Grand Prix Of Indianapolis
Posted by: ASkyler on May 08, 2014 - 08:41 PM
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Dixon Paces Opening Day Of Practice For Grand Prix Of Indianapolis

As reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon expected, the competition on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit is razor close. He just happened to produce the best timed lap in the second practice session May 8 for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 10.4654 seconds on the course that was revised from the one used in the past by Formula One, MotoGP and sports cars.

Five different teams were represented in the top five of the 45-minute session, and the top 24 cars were separated by less than a second under a canopy of blue sky and summer-like temperature.

Each of the three Verizon IndyCar Series races this season has had a different pole sitter and winner.

Simon Pagenaud was second in the session -- .0191 of a second back -- in the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports car, while series championship points leader Will Power was third (1:10.5672) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske entry. Sebastien Bourdais, driving the No. 11 Mistic KVSH Racing car, was quickest in the morning session (1:10.5150) and third overall.


The Verizon IndyCar Series will compete in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a 82-lap race at 3:50 p.m. (ET) Saturday.

The three Mazda Road to Indy series - Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, will compete in doubleheader events this weekend.

The Indy Lights races are scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Friday (30 laps or 40 minutes) and 1:30 p.m. Saturday (40 laps or 60 minutes). Pro Mazda races are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday and 12:10 Saturday (Both are 20 laps or 35 minutes). USF2000 races are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday (Both are 18 laps or 35 minutes).


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