The results are in from the first two Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and defending race winner Scott Dixon could be set to make it two in a row. The three-time series champion was top of the board at the close of business in Lexington on Friday, having posted a fast lap of 1:05.965 seconds, just six-tenths of a second shy of the track’s qualifying record.
“We went through a few different setup changes just to try to find our groove, but overall the car was pretty quick,” said Dixon, who sits third in the championship hunt, in a league statement afterward. “We’ll hopefully carry some speed into [qualifying] and try to start up front.”
Dixon was followed on Friday’s practice leaderboard by Sebastien Bourdais (1:06.019), Will Power (01.06.078), Graham Rahal (01:06.078), and Takuma Sato (01:06.136). That’s good news for Power and Rahal – who are fifth and second in championship points respectively, and who need every point they can get in the chase for the Astor Cup.
But it’s also shockingly bad news for current leader Juan Pablo Montoya (who came in 21st of 24 entries), Sage Karam (22nd) and Simon Pagenaud (23rd). Practice sessions obviously don’t count for anything except early statistics, but those are three names we’re used to seeing much higher up on the stat sheet. You can check out the complete results from Friday afternoon’s second practice runs here.
There will be a third practice session tomorrow morning, before qualifying commences tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM local time; the complete qualifying session will be broadcast live on NBCSN. IndyCar also released its weekly driver race preview on Friday morning; you can view that here.
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