Newgarden leads Saturday Mid-Ohio practice

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Josef Newgarden led Saturday morning’s 45-minute practice for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The series sophomore lapped the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 1:06.654 in the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda.

Marco Andretti, E.J. Viso, James Hinchcliffe and Justin Wilson rounded out the top five.

The session had a long red flag for an accident by Charlie Kimball in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Kimball lost control through Turn 1 and backed into the tire barriers, temporarily getting airborne, but landing right side up. The car suffered severe damage at the rear, forcing a change to a backup car but not a change of engines.

Qualifying groups are below. The session is green at 2 p.m. ET local time and on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. ET later this evening.

It will be a normal qualifying session with the fastest six in each group advancing to the top 12, with the six best there moving into the Firestone Fast Six.

Group 1                  Group 2
#9 Scott Dixon           #12 Will Power
#10 Dario Franchitti     #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay
#83 Charlie Kimball      #98 Luca Filippi
#27 James Hinchcliffe    #25 Marco Andretti
#78 Simona de Silvestro  #77 Simon Pagenaud
#3 Helio Castroneves     #11 Tony Kanaan
#67 Josef Newgarden      #7 Sebastien Bourdais
#5 E.J. Viso             #55 Tristan Vautier
#19 Justin Wilson        #4 Oriol Servia
#18 James Davison        #15 Graham Rahal
#6 Sebastian Saavedra    #16 James Jakes
#20 Ed Carpenter         #14 Takuma Sato

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.