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DIXON PACES HONDA PACK DURING OPENING INDYCAR PRACTICE

Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 9, 2017) - Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon led a convoy of six Honda-powered cars atop the speed chart as practice finally got underway Friday afternoon for the rain-delayed Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dixon, winner of this event in 2008 and 2015, posted a hot lap of 23.2027-seconds/223.422 mph around TMS’ repaved and re-profiled 1.5-mile oval in his No. 9 NTT Data Honda fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing. Dixon’s best lap was the 36th of 37 he covered during the session. Ganassi teammate Charlie Kimball was second-fast at 221.861 mph in his No. 83 Tresiba Honda.

Alexander Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion, was third overall at 221.317 mph in the No. 98 Andretti Autosport/Curb Honda.

Defending event winner Graham Rahal _ who swept last weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader _ was fourth at 221.175 mph in his No. 15 Mi-Jack/Bobby Rahal Automotive Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Marco Andretti was fifth at 221.020 mph in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, followed by reigning Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato at 220.828 mph in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda.

Oval track specialist Ed Carpenter, winner of this event in 2014, led the Chevrolet contingent with a lap at 220.824 mph in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka entry, followed by Will Power at 220.758 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevy. Power prevailed in “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” in 2011.

Qualifying for Saturday night’s 248-lapper is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. (CDT).

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