Power tops Practice 2, Friday overall at Mid-Ohio

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Team Penske’s Will Power, still seeking to grab his first win of the 2013 season, turned in a lap of 1 minute, 5.4332 seconds in the Friday afternoon practice session for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

His hot lap on Friday was more than two-tenths of a second quicker than his pole-winning lap time from one year ago at M-O, and was just a shade slower than the track qualifying record of 1 minute, 5.347 seconds – shared by Dario Franchitti (August 1999) and Gil de Ferran (August 2000).

“We got a good time in at the end – a few mistakes during the session but we’re narrowing it down,” Power said. “I’d love nothing more than to get on the pole here and have a chance to win a race. But good so far, and we’ll keep working hard.”

Scott Dixon improved upon his time in Friday’s first practice session, and found himself second overall at the end of the day with a time of 1 minute, 5.4469 seconds. Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was third-fastest (1 minute, 5.5018 seconds) on the combined sheets, followed by Franchitti in fourth (1 minute, 5.7019 seconds) and Barracuda Racing rookie Luca Filippi (1 minute, 5.7364 seconds) in fifth.

During this afternoon’s activities, Filippi spoke with the media about his opportunity to drive Barracuda’s No. 98 Honda this weekend. When asked about the expectations he and his team both have for himself, the Italian stated that there’s been no added pressure put upon him.

“…I’m a racing driver. I feel that it’s a competition and the biggest pressure comes from myself and the biggest expectation is the one I personally have,” he said.

“I know that these guys are fast and these guys are tough to beat. I’m not expecting anything special, but I have my goals in my mind and I still need to work between today and tomorrow to get closer.”

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.