IRL: Dixon tops practice in Texas on Thursday

Scott Dixon was one of six drivers improving their times in the second session at Texas Motor Speedway, topping the day's speed chart with a lap at 214.164 mph. "Obviously the fast speed is from a big tow," said Dixon. "We have a few issues with...

Scott Dixon was one of six drivers improving their times in the second session at Texas Motor Speedway, topping the day's speed chart with a lap at 214.164 mph. "Obviously the fast speed is from a big tow," said Dixon. "We have a few issues with this racecar with the rear end but it seemed to roll off of the trailer pretty nice and it's got good speed."

Dario Franchitti's best lap from the first session held up as second fastest of the day. Franchitti said he was reasonable happy with his car but still had work to do. Franchitti lost over two tenths of a second to the second session, running 214.138 mph in the first and 212.163 mph in the second.

Tony Kanaan was third fastest on the day, setting his best lap in the first session at 214.072 mph. Although he was slower after the sun set, Kanaan said "the evening session was helpful because it was similar to how we expect the conditions to be on race day."

Dan Wheldon was fourth fastest followed by Sam Hornish Jr.

Scott Sharp only turned three laps in the first session after experiencing gearbox problems. In the evening session Sharp was second fastest. His lap of 213.164 mph was good enough for sixth fastest on the day.

Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Danica Patrick and Vito Meira rounded out the top ten on the day.

Milka Duno was involved in the only on track incident when she spun exiting Turn two. Duno managed to stay off the outside wall but made slight contact between the inside retaining wall and the rear of her car. "I don't know what happened," she said. "I lost the rear. I don't know if it was the rear wing. It happened so quickly."

Duno's crew reported telemetry data indicating a loss of downforce at the rear of the car just before the spin. After making repairs, Duno returned to the track in the second session.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Marco Andretti , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick