Power, Penske to the fore in second IndyCar practice at Barber

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves went 1-2 in the final 45-minute practice session of the day for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, before qualifying later today (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra).

Power’s best lap of 1:07.2913 in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was half a second quicker than Scott Dixon’s best time in the morning one-hour session. The Barber Motorsports Park track conditions remained cool and overcast, albeit with a good crowd already.

The top six drivers were Chevrolets. Beyond the Penske pair, Dixon was third with Simon Pagenaud fourth and Sebastien Bourdais fifth.

Top Honda in the session was James Hinchcliffe in seventh, at 1:08.0058 and 0.7145 of a second off the session-leading Power.

Two red flags flew for lazy spins by Rodolfo Gonzalez and Luca Filippi, with neither a major incident.

Times are below. The next session for IndyCar is at 3:55 p.m. CT and local time (4:55 p.m. ET), qualifying.

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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.