Jimmie Johnson tops shortened final practice at Indy (UPDATED)

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Four-time Brickyard 400 champion Jimmie Johnson has topped final practice for Sunday’s main event with a lap of 189.298 mph in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

The session was originally scheduled to run from 9-10:50 a.m. ET, but early morning rains led to a delay of almost an hour and a half for track drying around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A few minutes before 10:30 a.m. ET, NASCAR allowed the cars to hit the track for an abbreviated session that only ran until 11 a.m. ET due to today’s schedule of events – Nationwide Series qualifying at 12:10 p.m. ET, Sprint Cup Series qualifying at 2:10 p.m. ET, and the Nationwide Series’ Lilly Diabetes 250 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Johnson was among four drivers in the Top-5 during the session with Hendrick-powered engines. Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick was third-quickest (188.363), while Jeff Gordon (187.856) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (187.758) of Hendrick Motorsports were P4 and P5 respectively.

But Team Penske also appears to have lots of horsepower on hand at Indy. Brad Keselowski, who won the most recent Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire and has won two of the last three races, was second-quickest in his No. 2 Ford at 188.494 mph.

One of Keselowski’s teammates also was fast in final practice. Verizon IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who is making his second Sprint Cup start of the year, was sixth-quickest at 187.688 mph.

Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle made up Positions 7-10.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”