IndyCar: Dixon leads another Ganassi 1-2-3 in 2nd Texas practice

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Another Chip Ganassi Racing vs. Team Penske battle may be on tap tomorrow night at Texas Motor Speedway.

Penske driver and Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader Will Power may be on pole for the Firestone 600 (Sat., 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra), but the Ganassi camp looks ready to battle him throughout the 248-lap race.

Just as they did in the first practice session earlier today, CGR drivers went 1-2-3 in this evening’s 30-minute practice at TMS. This time, it was Scott Dixon (qualified seventh) atop the time sheets with a lap of 213.215 miles per hour in the No. 9 Target Chevrolet.

His Target teammate, Tony Kanaan (qualified third), posted a lap of 213.187 mph in the No. 10 Chevy that was good enough for second in the session. Ryan Briscoe (qualified 13th), driving the No. 8 NTT Data Chevy, was third-fastest at 212.909 mph.

Behind all three of them was Power with a lap of 212.800 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Chevy. Ed Carpenter (qualified fifth) completed the Top 5 after his lap of 212.598 mph in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevy.

The fastest Honda driver was Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was eighth-quickest this evening (212.249 mph). Other notables from practice include Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves in sixth and seventh, Marco Andretti in 11th, and front-row starter Josef Newgarden in 13th.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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