IRL: Texas: Honda Racing Thursday report

Dixon Heads Practice in Texas One of only two drivers to post his best speed in the second of two practice sessions, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon headed the 20-car IndyCar Series field Thursday in ...

Dixon Heads Practice in Texas

One of only two drivers to post his best speed in the second of two practice sessions, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon headed the 20-car IndyCar Series field Thursday in preparation for Saturday night's Bombardier Learjet 550K at Texas Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was quickest in the opening practice, and second overall on the day, followed by his Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan. Dan Wheldon, winner of the two previous 1.5-mile oval races this year at Homestead and Twin Ring Motegi, was fourth quickest, with defending series champion Sam Hornish Jr. rounding out the top five for Team Penske.

In the only incident of the day, rookie Milka Duno spun exiting Turn Two in the first practice, making light contact with the inside wall. The Venezuelan driver was not injured, and her SAMAX Racing team repaired her car in time to run the second session.

Activities continue tomorrow with final practice and qualifying at the high-banked 1.5-mile speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Saturday night's 228-lap race starts at 9:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ESPN2.

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) fastest in Thursday practice: "Our car was good today, so we're pretty happy. With the schedule this weekend, we just focused on our race setup all day, staying in traffic as much as possible to simulate what we expect the race to be like. The [fast] speed in the second session was obviously the result of a good tow. But our team has been quick all year -- especially on these mile-and-a-half tracks -- and we're being pretty aggressive here in order to continue that trend."

-credit: honda racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing