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Default Honda Racing: Dixon, Honda Lead Friday Practice at Watkins Glen

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  • 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. – 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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