After rocket start, Marco Andretti out early with engine failure

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Marco Andretti jumped eight positions on the opening lap of tonight’s Firestone 600 for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Texas Motor Speedway, but on Lap 4, he suffered an engine failure on his No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda.

As Andretti slowed down the backstretch and headed for the pits, the engine started to catch fire and forced him to come to a stop near the entrance to pit road.

Andretti quickly climbed out of the car and without taking a look back, he walked away and left the Holmatro safety crew to take care of the flames.

“[The start] doesn’t matter,” the third-generation driver told NBCSN’s Jan Beekhuis. “I’m just absolutely gutted for the whole Snapple crew. I wanted nothing more than to deliver a win on their home turf. This one’s frustrating and this one really hurts for the championship, too.”

The race returned to green-flag conditions at Lap 12. You can watch it LIVE on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on your online or mobile device.

Wickens tops final Road America practice

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Robert Wickens showed the way in final practice for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix, topping the speed charts with a quick time of 1:42.991, the only time below 1:43 during the session.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, and Graham Rahal completed the top five.

The lone incident of the session came right at the end, when Zach Veach went for a spin exiting Bill Mitchell Bend (turn 13). However, Veach did not suffer any damage in the incident.

Times are below. Qualifying begins at 4:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. local time) and will air on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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