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Scott Dixon tops combined Indy GP practice

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Friday 9th May, 2014 - 8:40am

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Scott Dixon tops a tight field after opening practice sessions on the Indy road course

Scott Dixon tops a tight field after opening practice sessions on the Indy road course

Reigning series champion Scott Dixon has emerged with the fastest time following a tight tussle after the opening practice runs for the Indy GP.

Ganassi stalwart Dixon produced his best time, 1:10.4654s in the second of the two sessions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.

On combined times Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports) was second fastest with a 1:10.4845s lap ahead of Sebastien Bourdais (1:10.5150s).

Series leader Will Power was next on 1:10.5172s with Mikhail Aleshin the leading rookie in fifth with a time of 1:10.6681s.

Dixon said the revised 14-turn 2.439mile (3.925km) circuit that has previously been used for F1, MotoGP and sports cars, lends itself to tight racing.

The top 24 cars were separated by less than a second.

“The cars are on a knife’s edge. The straights are so long that you’re trimming the car out to levels that I think we’ve only seen once before in Brazil on a street course with another really long straight,” Dixon said.

“The window of being on the edge and going for the quick time is uncomfortably small, but it’s a lot of fun.

“I think this layout, because it is smooth, the grip is quite high, you’ll see some really good racing.

“You may not have the contact that you would have had at Brazil in those confined spaces.

“I expect it to be one of the best races we have this year just because of the layout of the track and how trim the cars have to be and even the different configurations that teams may choose to run the race.”

Jack Hawksworth and Josef Newgarden were issued penalties by IndyCar after being late for the mandatory weigh-in after the first practice run.

Hawksworth was penalised three minutes at the tail end of the 45-minute second session and Newgarden sat out the final six minutes.

Newgarden finished 18th on combined times, one place behind Aussie Ryan Briscoe while Hawksworth was 15th fastest.

VIDEO: Practice Highlights

See below for combined practice times

1

Scott Dixon

1:10.4654

2

Simon Pagenaud

1:10.4845

3

Sebastien Bourdais

1:10.5150

4

Will Power

1:10.5672

5

Mikhail Aleshin

1:10.6681

6

James Hinchliffe

1:10.7558

7

Graham Rahal

1:10.7893

8

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1:10.7937

9

Justin Wilson

1:10.7980

10

Marco Andretti

1:10.8113

11

Tony Kanaan

1:10.8175

12

Charlie Kimball

1:10.8180

13

Juan Pablo Montoya

1:10.8707

14

Helio Castroneves

1:10.9026

15

Jack Hawksworth

1:10.9485

16

Carlos Munoz

1:11.0120

17

Ryan Briscoe

1:11.0167

18

Josef Newgarden

1:11.0188

19

Takuma Sato

1:11.0400

20

Sebastian Saavedra

1:11.1683

21

Martin Plowman

1:11.1760

22

Franck Montagny

1:11.2437

23

Oriol Servia

1:11.3928

24

Carlos Huertas

1:11.3987

25

Mike Conway

1:11.5687

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