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In column, NBCSN’s Paul Tracy recaps 2015’s IndyCar season, looks ahead to 2016

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You’ve heard from one of our NBCSN Verizon IndyCar Series analysts in terms of looking back on the 2015 season, with Townsend Bell in his “Ten with Townsend” series.

Meanwhile “T-Bell’s” partner-in-crime in the booth and fellow analyst, Paul Tracy, has also offered his thoughts in a column posted to MotorSport Magazine.

Tracy called Scott Dixon’s title run in the Sonoma finale a “classic performance,” as the Ice Man stayed cool, then seized the moment when Juan Pablo Montoya made a rare mistake, contacting teammate Will Power and hurting his title chances.

Of Montoya losing out on double points, Tracy writes, “After the race we heard some sour grapes from Juan about double points, but he certainly didn’t feel that way about getting double points at Indianapolis. Of course, you can argue until the cows come home about whether or not a 500-mile race or the season finale is worth double points.”

“PT” also touches on the caution for Luca Filippi which changed the completion of the Sonoma race, Penske losing another title and Ganassi winning another one, and what is to come for 2016 – namely, the respective futures of Honda and top IndyCar free agent Josef Newgarden.

He also touched on his second year with NBCSN, and his thoughts on how that went.

“We haven’t made an agreement, but I don’t see any reason why we won’t,” Tracy wrote. “I’ve managed not to swear on air and everything seems to be good. I think I add something to the broadcast and the fans seem to like what I have to say. I’m enjoying it so I hope I continue doing the job.”

INDYCAR: Kanaan fastest in practice at Pocono

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Very fittingly, the fastest car in Saturday’s lone practice session for ABC Supply 500 was the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet of Tony Kanaan.

The 44-year-old Brazilian showed plenty of speed in the afternoon’s two hour practice session at Pocono Raceway, turning a 216.354 mph lap around the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

The session was the only on-track activity of the day for the NTT IndyCar Series, as heavy cloud cover and rain postponed the first practice session of the day and cancelled qualifying completely.

As the rain began to clear and track drying got underway, INDYCAR officials made the decision to combine the postponed one-hour morning session with the one-hour afternoon session, creating a single two-hour session for drivers to reacquaint themselves with the track known as “The Tricky Triangle”.

Scott Dixon finished the session second fastest with a 215.761 mph lap, while Santino Ferrcucci ended the session third-fastest with an 215.377 mph lap.

Alexander Rossi (215.373 mph) was fourth fastest in the session, followed by Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud (215.368 mph), who ended the session fifth-fastest despite missing nearly 45-minutes of track time early on due to a clutch issue.

Colton Herta was sixth-fastest at the completion of the session with a 215.338 mph lap, while Sebastian Bourdais (215.267 mph), Charlie Kimball (214.818 mph), Ryan Hunter-Reay (214.623 mph), and Graham Rahal (214.617 mph) rounded out the top ten.

Current series points leader Josef Newgarden ended the session 17th-fastest with a 214.174 mph lap.

Live coverage of the ABC Supply 500 begins Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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