Saturday, October 1, 2011

Scott Dixon Fastest in Indycar Kentucky Practice

Scott Dixon at speed at Kentucky Speedway today
Target Chip Ganassi Racing is leading the way once again with Scott Dixon running over 219 in the final Indycar practice this afternoon at windy and cool Kentucky Speedway. Limited track time for this two-day event necessitated that every team hit the track early and often with barely more than two hours of practice time available before this evening's qualifying session. The new pit lane configuration has not exactly drawn raves from drivers as pit exit onto the backstretch is directly adjacent to the racing line and there are lots of bumps to contend with on the low line. The area along the pit exit in Turns 1 and 2 is off limits to photographers as the racing line is so close to the inside wall since the infield was reworked to accommodate the horde of motorhomes which descended on Kentucky Speedway for the inaugural NASCAR race this past July. Much of the infield is empty so far today but the drivers still have to contend with what surely must feel like a narrower racing surface. We'll see if Dixon can back up his practice speed in qualifying which starts at 6 p.m. More later.

Marco Andretti navigates through a shower of sparks from another Indycar today in final Kentucky practice.

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