Dixon leads IndyCar second practice at Fontana

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Scott Dixon led the second practice session for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Dixon was quicker than any of the drivers in first practice, with a best speed of 217.629 in the No. 9 Degree Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Simon Pagenaud and Ed Carpenter were second and third, with Takuma Sato best of the Honda runners in fourth and Juan Pablo Montoya completing the top five.

Marco Andretti and Ryan Briscoe, who were second and first in the first practice, were sixth and seventh in the second session.

James Jakes had a mechanical issue, which triggered a red flag towards the end of the 75-minute session. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team will work to fix the car before qualifying.

Qualifying begins at 4:45 p.m. PT and local time (7:45 p.m. ET), with qualifying coverage on NBCSN at midnight ET (9 p.m. PT) tonight.

Speeds from second practice are below.

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.