Watkins Glen: Honda Friday report

Dixon Remains Dominant at Watkins Glen IndyCar Series championship leader Scott Dixon continued his mastery of Watkins Glen International Raceway on Friday, leading opening practice on the challenging 3.77-mile upstate New York road course in ...

Dixon Remains Dominant at Watkins Glen

IndyCar Series championship leader Scott Dixon continued his mastery of Watkins Glen International Raceway on Friday, leading opening practice on the challenging 3.77-mile upstate New York road course in preparation for Sunday's Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen.

Dixon, who has won all three previous IndyCar events at Watkins Glen, headed Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, who has started from the pole in all three previous races, but never finished better than seventh. Dan Wheldon ran third quickest based on his morning practice time, followed by Vitor Meira and former Champ Car driver Will Power. Sunday's 60-lap race, the first IndyCar event on a natural road course this season, starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) quickest in practice today: "Actually, we struggled a bit in the morning [practice] session, so it was good to see [teammate] Dan [Wheldon] quickest. You need to set the car up so it's pretty 'loose' at the start of a run here, because you are going to pick up more and more understeer as the session goes on. We were able to do that in the afternoon and at one point, I think we were six or seven tenths ahead [of the field]. A couple of guys put on new tires and went pretty quick at the end, but no one could catch us. All in all, I'm pretty happy about today. We just need to keep it going tomorrow and Sunday. For all the great [race] results I've had here, I've never started on the pole."

-credit: honda

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Will Power , Vitor Meira
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing