IRL: Detroit warm-up costly to Ganassi hopes

Sunday morning's "warm-up practice" at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix was a costly one for Chip Ganassi Racing. Approximately twenty minutes into the thirty-minute session, Team Penske's Helio Castroneves made contact with Scott Dixon. The...

Sunday morning's "warm-up practice" at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix was a costly one for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Approximately twenty minutes into the thirty-minute session, Team Penske's Helio Castroneves made contact with Scott Dixon. The Indy Racing League points leader went tail-first into the tires in turn three, crumpling the left rear portion of the rear wing.

Dixon was able to continue to the pits for repair with what appears to be minimal damage; however, the sad story of Dan Wheldon's Belle Isle weekend got even worse.

The 2005 Indianapolis 500 champ went hard into the barrier in turn eight, smashing the rear of his car with heavy damage.

Wheldon climbed from the car and immediately went to the right front of the car looking for a clue, perhaps indicating a mechanical failure.

Castroneves led the practice with a best lap of 101.353 mph (1:13.5251), a speed substantially slower than his 103.401 mph qualifying effort that put him on pole for the 4 PM EDT start.

He did not appear to sustain any damage in the collision with Dixon.

Dixon remained second-quick after the incident, while Dario Franchitti of Andretti Green Racing posted the third-best time of the morning.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing