Final Watkins Glen practice sees familiar name atop speed chart

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – As teams finalized race setups for this afternoon’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen presented by Hitachi, it was again Scott Dixon atop the time charts in the morning warmup for the 60-lap race at Watkins Glen International.

Dixon posted a fast lap of 1 minute, 23.7172 seconds (144.916 mph) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion has led all four practice sessions of the weekend to go with his track record-shattering Verizon P1 Award Saturday. A three-time winner at Watkins Glen, Dixon will start from pole for the first time at the 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course.

CLICK HERE: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen warmup resultsCombined practice results; Starting lineup

RC Enerson, who impressed on Saturday by qualifying 11th in just his second Verizon IndyCar Series start, turned heads again this morning by running second quick at 1:23.8511 (144.685 mph) in the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda.

“(The setup) was really close to how we were in qualifying,” said 19-year old Enerson. “It’s a pretty similar setup but, of course, we don’t want to get passed on the straightaways as everyone is starting to trim out, so we need a little bit more straightaway speed.”

Enerson debuted in the Verizon IndyCar Series in July at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where he showed rapid pace all weekend and posted the third-quickest lap of the race.

“We feel pretty comfortable in traffic,” Enerson said. “(Running on) cold tires feel good as well, we were really strong, and we had a few good, strong pit stops, so hopefully we can advance forward in the race.”

Enerson’s Dale Coyne Racing teammate, Conor Daly (No. 18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda, 1:24.0603), was fourth in the session.

“Our car’s been fast all weekend, it’s just been a really unlucky weekend,” said Daly, who starts 17th. “We tried something pretty big (with the setup during the warmup) that wasn’t the best. Obviously, RC tried the right amount of downforce and we were just a little too trimmed. At least we know that and we have that information now, because both cars are fast, so that’s nice.”

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden (No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka/ECR Chevrolet, 1:23.9887) was sandwiched between the two Coyne drivers in third. Graham Rahal (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) suffered a setback in Verizon P1 Award qualifying and will start 20th for this afternoon’s race, but rounded out the top five this morning at 1:24.0605 (144.325 mph). Rahal looks to move forward and win his second straight race, following his thrilling win Aug. 27 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Coverage of the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen presented by Hitachi begins at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet) comes into the penultimate race of the 2016 season with a 28-point lead over Team Penske teammate Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet). Pagenaud starts from the inside of Row 4 this afternoon, and was 12th in the warmup, while Power was 17th in the warmup but will start from the outside of the front row alongside Dixon.

Warmup practice results are below:

Rank

Car

Driver Name

C/A/E/T

Time

Speed

Diff

Gap

Best Lap

Total Laps

1

9

Dixon, Scott

D/C/C/F

01:23.7172

144.916

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--.----

10

14

2

19

Enerson, RC (R)

D/H/H/F

01:23.8511

144.685

0.1339

0.1339

13

14

3

21

Newgarden, Josef

D/C/C/F

01:23.9887

144.448

0.2715

0.1376

13

15

4

18

Daly, Conor (R)

D/H/H/F

01:24.0603

144.325

0.3431

0.0716

14

15

5

15

Rahal, Graham

D/H/H/F

01:24.0605

144.325

0.3433

0.0002

9

15

6

2

Montoya, Juan Pablo

D/C/C/F

01:24.1947

144.095

0.4775

0.1342

14

15

7

83

Kimball, Charlie

D/C/C/F

01:24.2291

144.036

0.5119

0.0344

15

15

8

3

Castroneves, Helio

D/C/C/F

01:24.2388

144.019

0.5216

0.0097

6

15

9

7

Aleshin, Mikhail

D/H/H/F

01:24.2770

143.954

0.5598

0.0382

12

12

10

11

Bourdais, Sebastien

D/C/C/F

01:24.2938

143.925

0.5766

0.0168

11

11

11

28

Hunter-Reay, Ryan

D/H/H/F

01:24.2988

143.917

0.5816

0.0050

14

15

12

22

Pagenaud, Simon

D/C/C/F

01:24.4784

143.611

0.7612

0.1796

7

15

13

27

Andretti, Marco

D/H/H/F

01:24.4916

143.588

0.7744

0.0132

8

14

14

14

Sato, Takuma

D/H/H/F

01:24.5090

143.559

0.7918

0.0174

12

15

15

41

Hawksworth, Jack

D/H/H/F

01:24.5132

143.552

0.7960

0.0042

7

14

16

26

Munoz, Carlos

D/H/H/F

01:24.6513

143.317

0.9341

0.1381

14

14

17

12

Power, Will

D/C/C/F

01:24.6939

143.245

0.9767

0.0426

9

15

18

5

Hinchcliffe, James

D/H/H/F

01:24.8111

143.047

1.0939

0.1172

10

15

19

10

Kanaan, Tony

D/C/C/F

01:24.9276

142.851

1.2104

0.1165

11

15

20

8

Chilton, Max (R)

D/C/C/F

01:25.2397

142.328

1.5225

0.3121

14

15

21

20

Pigot, Spencer (R)

D/C/C/F

01:25.3183

142.197

1.6011

0.0786

6

14

22

98

Rossi, Alexander (R)

D/H/H/F

01:25.3292

142.179

1.6120

0.0109

11

15

(R) Rookie (C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)ire: F=Firestone

Total Laps: 317

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