IRL: Nazareth: Toyota Friday report

Toyotas dominate opening day practice at Nazareth; Toyota takes top four. NAZARETH, Pa. - Looking to clinch the Manufacturer's Championship this weekend, Toyota drivers dominated the first day of practice for Sunday's Firestone Indy 225 by ...

Toyotas dominate opening day practice at Nazareth; Toyota takes top four.

NAZARETH, Pa. - Looking to clinch the Manufacturer's Championship this weekend, Toyota drivers dominated the first day of practice for Sunday's Firestone Indy 225 by registering the top four fastest drivers in each of today's two practice sessions.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tomas Scheckter and Scott Dixon each topped one of the individual sessions with Scheckter registering the fastest lap overall at 169.888 mph in the morning session. Dixon was first in the afternoon at 168.632 mph.

Marlboro Team Penske's duo of Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves placed third and fourth overall. Castroneves was second in the afternoon and fourth in the morning, while de Ferran was third in the morning and fourth in the weekend.

Toyota engines also powered Alex Barron (Hollywood Toyota) to third in the afternoon session and sixth overall giving Toyota five of the top-six cars for the day.

- Toyota can clinch its first IndyCar Series Engine Manufacturer Championship with a victory on Sunday. The manufacturer also won last year's CART Manufacturer's Championship.

- Toyota will be looking for its 10th victory in 13 races this season in Sunday's Firestone Indy 225. Scott Dixon has been the dominant driver on short ovals this season 0x2022 winning at Richmond and Pikes Peak, while also leading at Phoenix and St. Louis before suffering gearbox problems at each.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Alex Barron , Chip Ganassi
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing