Texas IndyCar: Scott Dixon leads night practice
|By Mark Glendenning||Saturday, June 7th 2014, 01:04 GMT|
Scott Dixon led a Ganassi 1-2-3 in the Friday evening practice session for this weekend's IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dixon and Tony Kanaan worked together early on, and their respective best laps of 213.215mph/213.187mph gave them a lockout of the top two places on the timesheets that stood until the end of the session.
Ryan Briscoe went to third with his final lap, knocking compatriot Will Power back to fourth, with Ed Carpenter rounding out the top five.
With just one yellow flag for a track inspection, the session marked the end of a day completed incident-free, with the only real blip coming when Helio Castroneves was parked for the final four minutes after missing the mandatory weigh-in. The Brazilian still managed to finish seventh-fastest behind Penske team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya.
Sebastien Bourdais's session ended even earlier; the Frenchman's car returning to the KV garage with eight minutes still to run due to an apparent mechanical or handling problem.
As with Castroneves, the premature exit did not excessively penalise his final position: Bourdais finished the evening 12th-fastest, six places ahead of where he qualified.
Pos Driver Team/Engine Time Gap 1. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Chevy 24.5667s 2. Tony Kanaan Ganassi/Chevy 24.5700s +0.0033s 3. Ryan Briscoe Ganassi/Chevy 24.6021s +0.0354s 4. Will Power Penske/Chevy 24.6147s +0.0480s 5. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy 24.6380s +0.0713s 6. Juan Pablo Montoya Penske/Chevy 24.6393s +0.0726s 7. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy 24.6629s +0.0962s 8. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Honda 24.6786s +0.1119s 9. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Honda 24.7268s +0.1601s 10. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Chevy 24.7482s +0.1815s 11. Marco Andretti Andretti/Honda 24.7505s +0.1838s 12. Sebastien Bourdais KV/Chevy 24.7559s +0.1892s 13. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda 24.7659s +0.1992s 14. Jack Hawksworth Herta/Honda 24.7930s +0.2263s 15. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda 24.8598s +0.2931s 16. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda 24.8757s +0.3090s 17. Carlos Munoz Andretti/Honda 24.9190s +0.3523s 18. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda 24.9511s +0.3844s 19. Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt/Honda 25.0225s +0.4558s 20. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda 25.1052s +0.5385s 21. Sebastian Saavedra KV/Chevy 25.2341s +0.6674s 22. Carlos Huertas Coyne/Honda 25.3856s +0.8189s All drivers use Dallara chassis