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Dixon tops first practice at Watkins Glen, Daly crashes

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Dixon tops first practice at Watkins Glen, Daly crashes
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Sep 2, 2016, 4:14 PM

Three-time Watkins Glen winner Scott Dixon drove to the top of the times in the first session for this weekend’s penultimate round of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
Conor Daly, Dale Coyne Racing Honda, crashed car
Conor Daly, Dale Coyne Racing Honda, crashed car
Conor Daly, Dale Coyne Racing Honda

The Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevrolet  ace lapped the 3.37-mile course in 1min23.8921sec, an impressive 144.614mph, and some four seconds under the track record.

The reigning champion was 0.36sec faster than KVSH Racing-Chevy’s Sebastien Bourdais, with Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Will Power third quick, almost a further half second off.

Tony Kanaan was fourth for Ganassi , with Graham Rahal fastest Honda, around one second off Dixon’s best.

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud was eighth, with Alexander Rossi showing the same potential he displayed in the test here last month, fastest of the Andretti Autosport-Hondas.

The Schmidt Peterson Motorsport cars, which have been the most consistent performers from the Honda ranks for the majority of the season, were a disappointing 15th and 18th. But they were better off than Conor Daly who shunted on his fifth lap, when the #18 Dale Coyne Racing-Honda spun out of control in The Boot. It was a shunt that the driver blamed on left over rainwater in the rumble strips.

Said Daly: “The whole rear snapped quicker than it has in my entire life. It had to be water ... Just sucks.

“The whole time I was going backwards, I was thinking ‘how in the world did this happen?’”

Teammate for the weekend RC Enerson, who impressed in his debut weekend for Coyne back in Mid-Ohio, ended the session 17th fastest. 

Cla#DriverLapsTimeGapIntervalMph
1 9  Scott Dixon  10 1'23.8921     144.614
2 11  Sébastien Bourdais  11 1'24.2547 0.3626 0.3626 143.992
3 12  Will Power  12 1'24.7401 0.8480 0.4854 143.167
4 10  Tony Kanaan  12 1'24.7934 0.9013 0.0533 143.077
5 15  Graham Rahal  12 1'24.8563 0.9642 0.0629 142.971
6 2  Juan Pablo Montoya  12 1'24.8949 1.0028 0.0386 142.906
7 21  Josef Newgarden  9 1'24.9028 1.0107 0.0079 142.893
8 22  Simon Pagenaud  13 1'25.0393 1.1472 0.1365 142.663
9 3  Helio Castroneves  11 1'25.1587 1.2666 0.1194 142.463
10 98  Alexander Rossi  14 1'25.2667 1.3746 0.1080 142.283
11 83  Charlie Kimball  13 1'25.5153 1.6232 0.2486 141.869
12 8  Max Chilton  11 1'25.6268 1.7347 0.1115 141.685
13 28  Ryan Hunter-Reay  10 1'25.7017 1.8096 0.0749 141.561
14 14  Takuma Sato  12 1'25.8544 1.9623 0.1527 141.309
15 5  James Hinchcliffe  11 1'25.8721 1.9800 0.0177 141.280
16 20  Spencer Pigot  15 1'25.9610 2.0689 0.0889 141.134
17 19  R.C. Enerson  15 1'25.9777 2.0856 0.0167 141.106
18 7  Mikhail Aleshin  12 1'25.9785 2.0864 0.0008 141.105
19 41  Jack Hawksworth  13 1'26.0642 2.1721 0.0857 140.965
20 27  Marco Andretti  12 1'26.1094 2.2173 0.0452 140.891
21 26  Carlos Munoz  12 1'26.1865 2.2944 0.0771 140.765
22 88  Conor Daly  4 1'27.2666 3.3745 1.0801 139.022
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