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Rossi leads Andretti Autosport 1-2 in third practice at Mid-Ohio

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Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi topped third practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (3:00 p.m. ET, CNBC). Rossi’s best lap of 1:04.2303 was just under one tenth of a second quicker than teammate Takuma Sato, who turned his best lap at 1:04.3272 to make it an Andretti Autosport 1-2 in the third practice session.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan ended up third and fourth, making it four Hondas in the top four spots on the board. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was the fastest Chevrolet in fifth.

The lap times continue to be incredibly close, with 19 cars separated by less than one second.

The session did see two red flags. The first was for a minor incident in which Team Penske’s Will Power ran out of fuel and stopped on course ahead of turn 11.

The second actually came near the end of the session and brought it to a close. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Mikhail Aleshin spun in turn 11 and, after doing a couple of pirouettes, made contact with the tire barriers. He exited the car unhurt, but the team will need to make repairs to the back of the car.

Times are below. Qualifying begins at 2:00 p.m. ET and airs live on NBCSN.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said¬†president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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