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Dixon Leads Practice at Infineon Raceway Scott Dixon, winner of the most recent IndyCar Series road course event at Watkins Glen, again led the field Friday in opening practice for Sunday's Infineon Indy Grand Prix at Infineon...

Dixon Leads Practice at Infineon Raceway

Scott Dixon, winner of the most recent IndyCar Series road course event at Watkins Glen, again led the field Friday in opening practice for Sunday's Infineon Indy Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Third-quickest in the first of two IndyCar practice sessions today, Dixon posted a best lap average of 107.662 mph in the second session to edge fellow championship rival Helio Castroneves for the day.

Castroneves ran quickest in the morning at 107.020 mph, and improved on that slightly in the afternoon, but it was not enough to unseat Dixon. Dario Franchitti was fifth fastest in the morning, but improved to third overall in the afternoon session, followed by his rookie teammate, Marco Andretti, who also improved (from eighth to fourth) in the second practice.

The Honda-powered field ran a total of 1,756 miles in two practice sessions today, with no significant engine problems reported.

Sunday's 80-lap event, the penultimate round of the 14-race 2006 IndyCar season, starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) fastest in practice today: "The weekend started out okay for us, but not perfect. The balance on the car was a bit off in the first session, but we made some changes and the car was good right out of the box for the afternoon. So, early on, we put a fresh set of tires on it, went out there and threw up a speed that held up for the rest of the session. This weekend is a good chance for us -- Dan [Wheldon] and myself -- to put a lot of pressure on [championship rivals] Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr, and that's what we 're going to do."

-credit: honda

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornis
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing