Dixon dominates open testing at Fontana

Scott Dixon dominates the open test ahead of the IndyCar series finale at Fontana this weekend

Scott Dixon dominates the open test ahead of the IndyCar series finale at Fontana this weekend

Ganassi veteran Scott Dixon has speared to the quickest lap in the open test at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway.

Ahead of the Verizon IndyCar series finale this weekend, Dixon turned a best lap of 353.19km/h after topping the opening test earlier in the evening in his Chevrolet-powered Dallara.

The 2013 IndyCar Series champion was stripped of the best lap inside the final hour by Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya in the final three-hour run before reclaiming the top with 12 minutes remaining.

Montoya’s best lap of 352.7km/h lap survived to be second while oval gun Ed Carpenter was third fastest in 352.63km/h.

Graham Rahal completed the top four with a 352.53km/h best to be the leading Honda-powered driver.

Australian Will Power, who goes into the 500 mile (800km) season finale this weekend with a 51-point lead over Helio Castroneves, was ninth fastest in the test-cum-practice run.

Castroneves was fifth fastest in 352.44km/h.

Simon Pagenaud, third in the standings 81 points behind Power, was 16th after suffering a heavy shunt in turn 2 inside the final 30 minutes.

The second Australian driver Ryan Briscoe (Ganassi) was just nudged out of the top 10 by Schmidt driver Mikhail Aleshin.

There remains a total of 104 points on offer at the Fontana race including bonuses.

IndyCar Series top five 

1

Will Power

626

2

Hélio Castroneves

575

3

Simon Pagenaud

545

4

Ryan Hunter-Reay

534

5

Scott Dixon

523

 

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