IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud fastest in first Firestone 600 practice

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FORT WORTH – Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud took the top spot late in practice for the Firestone 600 and stayed there with his speed of 216.172 mph.

Pagenaud was followed in the 75-minute session by teammate Will Power (216.126), Takuma Sato (216.078), Tony Kanaan (215.685) and Scott Dixon (215.314).

Defending race winner Ed Carpenter was 22nd fastest out of a field of 23 cars at 210.716 mph.

Kanaan led for most of the session before begin dethroned. Kanaan said following practice the 2.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway was “very slippery” and that at night, when the Firestone 600 will be run, that it would be “even more pronounced.”

The only incident in practice was a one-car crash involving Ryan Hunter-Reay in Turn 2.

Qualifying for the Firestone 600 is at 4:15 p.m. ET but wont be aired on NBSN until 6 p.m. ET.

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Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.