Dixon tops practice chart for Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS – Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon came out on top in a late flurry of fast laps to close this afternoon’s practice for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, setting notice that the track record may be in jeopardy this weekend.

Dixon, in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, clocked a lap of 1 minute, 9.8281 seconds (125.743 mph) around the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. It edged the top lap set by defending pole and race winner Will Power in the morning session, 1:09.8943 (125.624 mph), in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Power holds the track record, established last year in the Firestone Fast Six segment of qualifying, at 1:09.4886 (126.357 mph).

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“We rolled off (in the morning) not too bad,” said Dixon, the four-time series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner. “We did the usual thing where we try a few different things and circle back to where we started. That's how the afternoon at least ended. I don't think you get a really good gist on speeds until tomorrow on most of the field.

“The car felt decent. … We'll take what we learned today and hopefully tomorrow should be strong. It's definitely going to be very tight.”

Simon Pagenaud, winner of the two most recent races this season and the championship leader by 48 points over Dixon, was third on the combined speed chart with a lap of 1:09.9894 (125.453 mph) this afternoon in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet. Pagenaud’s lap beat Graham Rahal by a scant 0.0002 of a second, with Rahal fourth on the combined chart at 1:09.9896 (also 125.453 mph) in the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda.

Power and Pagenaud are the only two drivers to qualify in the top five in both previous Angie’s List races. The Aussie isn’t taking anything for granted in Verizon P1 Award qualifying Friday.

“Just based on the (practice) times, it's going to be seriously close, very close,” Power said. “The top 10 is probably covered by a tenth or a tenth and a half (of a second) or something. It's very tight.”

A third practice session is scheduled for 11-11:45 a.m. ET Friday prior to knockout qualifying beginning at 3 p.m. ET that leads to the Firestone Fast Six. Both sessions will be streamed live at RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

The 82-lap race, the fifth event on the 2016 schedule, starts at 3:50 p.m. ET Saturday. Coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

The Angie’s List Grand Prix weekend kicks off an epic month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil follows directly, with practice on the 2.5-mile oval May 16-20, qualifying May 21-22 and the historic race on May 29 (11 a.m. ET, ABC and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

9

Dixon, Scott

D/C/C/F

01:09.8281

125.743

--.----

--.----

34

34

2

22

Pagenaud, Simon

D/C/C/F

01:09.9894

125.453

0.1613

0.1613

26

26

3

15

Rahal, Graham

D/H/H/F

01:09.9896

125.453

0.1615

0.0002

37

38

4

11

Bourdais, Sebastien

D/C/C/F

01:09.9944

125.444

0.1663

0.0048

27

33

5

12

Power, Will

D/C/C/F

01:09.9946

125.444

0.1665

0.0002

17

26

6

7

Aleshin, Mikhail

D/H/H/F

01:10.0578

125.331

0.2297

0.0632

28

30

7

21

Newgarden, Josef

D/C/C/F

01:10.0741

125.302

0.2460

0.0163

22

28

8

5

Hinchcliffe, James

D/H/H/F

01:10.0815

125.288

0.2534

0.0074

25

25

9

2

Montoya, Juan Pablo

D/C/C/F

01:10.1696

125.131

0.3415

0.0881

24

26

10

28

Hunter-Reay, Ryan

D/H/H/F

01:10.1933

125.089

0.3652

0.0237

24

26

11

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/C/F

01:10.2480

124.991

0.4199

0.0547

21

30

12

16

Pigot, Spencer (R)

D/H/H/F

01:10.2541

124.981

0.4260

0.0061

24

30

13

83

Kimball, Charlie

D/C/C/F

01:10.2880

124.920

0.4599

0.0339

25

31

14

18

Daly, Conor (R)

D/H/H/F

01:10.2937

124.910

0.4656

0.0057

27

30

15

27

Andretti, Marco

D/H/H/F

01:10.2967

124.905

0.4686

0.0030

27

27

16

19

Chaves, Gabby

D/H/H/F

01:10.3062

124.888

0.4781

0.0095

33

35

17

6

Hildebrand, JR

D/C/C/F

01:10.3407

124.827

0.5126

0.0345

30

31

18

98

Rossi, Alexander (R)

D/H/H/F

01:10.4615

124.613

0.6334

0.1208

32

32

19

35

Tagliani, Alex

D/H/H/F

01:10.5106

124.526

0.6825

0.0491

21

23

20

8

Chilton, Max (R)

D/C/C/F

01:10.5975

124.373

0.7694

0.0869

21

26

21

14

Sato, Takuma

D/H/H/F

01:10.6312

124.313

0.8031

0.0337

28

28

22

10

Kanaan, Tony

D/C/C/F

01:10.6387

124.300

0.8106

0.0075

26

26

23

41

Hawksworth, Jack

D/H/H/F

01:10.7248

124.149

0.8967

0.0861

20

22

24

61

Brabham, Matt (R)

D/C/C/F

01:10.9769

123.708

1.1488

0.2521

22

25

25

26

Munoz, Carlos

D/H/H/F

01:27.9396

99.846

18.1115

16.9627

1

3

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