IndyCar Watkins Glen: Scott Dixon leads crash-interrupted practice

Scott Dixon was fastest in IndyCar's first race weekend session at Watkins Glen since 2010, which had a lengthy interruption after a crash for Conor Daly

IndyCar Watkins Glen: Scott Dixon leads crash-interrupted practice

Just 10 minutes into the session, Daly lost control of his Dale Coyne Racing entry over the kerb exiting Turn 6, spinning across the track and into the barriers.

Water contained in the kerbs from earlier rain had contributed to Daly's off, and meant for a lengthy red flag period as attempts were made to dry the kerbs around the circuit.

The session eventually restarted over 20 minutes later with less than 10 minutes remaining, but the scheduled running was then extended by a further 10 minutes.

With the times set prior to the red flag proving unrepresentative, Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dixon went to the top of the times and finished up with a best lap of 1m23.892s.

That was 0.363 seconds quicker than closest rival Sebastien Bourdais of KVSH Racing.

Will Power was the lead Penske driver in third, over eight tenths down on Dixon.

Close behind Power were Tony Kanaan, the top Honda-powered runner Graham Rahal, Juan Pablo Montoya and Josef Newgarden.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi completed the top 10.

PRACTICE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1m23.8921s 10
2 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.3626s 11
3 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 0.8480s 12
4 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0.9013s 12
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 0.9642s 12
6 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0028s 12
7 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.0107s 9
8 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.1472s 13
9 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 1.2666s 11
10 Alexander Rossi Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 1.3746s 14
11 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.6232s 13
12 Max Chilton Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 1.7347s 11
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 1.8096s 10
14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 1.9623s 12
15 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 1.9800s 11
16 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 2.0689s 15
17 R.C. Enerson Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 2.0856s 15
18 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 2.0864s 12
19 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 2.1721s 13
20 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 2.2173s 12
21 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 2.2944s 12
22 Conor Daly Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 3.3745s 4


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