Dixon quickest with unofficial lap record in final practice at Mid-Ohio


Scott Dixon closed out practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio as the fastest driver after topping the timesheets on Saturday morning with an unofficial track record.

Dixon posted a fastest lap time of 1:05.1209 to finish three-tenths of a second clear of Josef Newgarden in second place as the drivers got their final chance to practice ahead of qualifying later today.

A Mid-Ohio specialist, Dixon led for most of the session despite suffering a 360º spin at one point, dipping below the track record shared by Dario Franchitti and Gil de Ferran of 1:05.347.

The Ganassi driver was followed home by Newgarden and Charlie Kimball, with the latter moving up to third place with a late lap once the checkered flag had fallen.

Sebastien Bourdais was late to get out on track at the beginning of the session, but rallied to finish fourth at the end ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti. Series leader Juan Pablo Montoya finished seventh ahead of teammate Will Power. Jack Hawksworth and Tony Kanaan rounded out the top ten.

After a problem sidelined Montoya for much of first practice on Friday, Penske suffered yet more issues as Simon Pagenaud was unable to post a time on Saturday morning.

The Frenchman managed to complete two installation laps before the team opted to bring him in and investigate the issue further.

“We’re having technical issues,” Pagenaud told IndyCar Radio. “We do’t really know, we think it could be the engine. All the Team Chevy guys are on it trying to understand what’s going on.

“Today and yesterday, we’ve had some issues. They’re on it and we’ll see what happens next. That’s my job right now, just hanging on and trying to understand how the track has changed for qualifying this afternoon.”

To make matters worse for Penske, Helio Castroneves’ car came to a halt at the start of the pit lane at the end of the session, requiring a push back to his pit box. The Brazilian driver finished 19th overall in the final standings.

Qualifying for the Honda Indy 200 is live on NBCSN from 3pm ET on Saturday.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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