Dixon, Honda, lead practice Friday at Watkins Glen

9/1/2017

Dixon, Honda Lead Friday Practice at Watkins Glen

·       Four-time Watkins Glen Scott Dixon runs quickest in opening-day practice

·       Graham Rahal posts third-fastest time  

·       Seven Honda drivers in top 10

 

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 1, 2017) – Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal led the way for Honda Friday in Verizon IndyCar Series practice for Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen, at the historic Watkins Glen International Raceway.  Dixon and Rahal finished the day first and third, respectively, after a pair of 45-minute sessions.

 

A four-time winner at Watkins Glen, Dixon is in the thick of the drivers’ championship with just two races remaining in 2017.  Dixon currently lies second, with 516 points to 547 for current leader Josef Newgarden.  Dixon also holds the current Watkins Glen lap record of 1:22.5259 [147.008 mph] set in qualifying for last year’s race.

 

Rahal, already a two-time winner this season, having swept both rounds of the double header race weekend in Detroit, ran third fastest in the second of the two practice sessions.  Alexander Rossi rounded out the top five for Honda, with Charlie Kimball, seventh; Ryan Hunter-Reay, eighth; Takuma Sato, ninth and Max Chilton rounding out the top 10.

 

Activities at Watkins Glen continue tomorrow, with final practice and qualifying.  Coverage of Sunday’s 60-lap event starts at 1 p.m. EDT, live on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): The NTT DATA car was really fast out there. We still have a little bit of work to do, but the team brought some really good race cars to Watkins Glen this weekend. The entire Chip Ganassi team is very strong here.  These high-speed road courses like Mid-Ohio are where we seem to excel. I think this place really suits my driving style and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's qualifying."

 

Verizon IndyCar Series INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen

Circuit:              Watkins Glen International Raceway (3.37-mile road course), Watkins Glen, N.Y.

2016 Winner:     Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) 119.334 mph average

Weather:           Mostly sunny, cool, windy, 57 degrees F

 

Top-10 Friday Practice Session Results:

Ps.

Driver      

Team

Manufacturer

Best Time

Notes

  1.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:22.6187

Practice 2

  2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:22.7129

Practice 2

  3.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

1:22.9716

Practice 2

  4.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:23.0915

Practice 2

  5.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Herta Autosport

Honda

1:23.1124

Practice 2

  6.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet

1:23.2760

Practice 2

  7.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:23.3871

Practice 2

  8.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:23.4683

Practice 2

  9.

Takuma Sato

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:23.5152

Practice 2

10.

Max Chilton

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:23.5154

Practice 1

Other Honda Results

12.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:23.7672

Practice 2

13.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:23.7734

Practice 1

14.

Sebestien Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:23.7769

Practice 2

17.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:23.8742

Practice 1

19.

Jack Harvey-R

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Honda

1:24.3972

Practice 2

20.

Ed Jones-R

Dale Coyne Racing                

Honda

1:24.4073

Practice 1

 

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