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Dixon flies in Indy GP second practice

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INDIANAPOLIS – A late flier from Scott Dixon saw the driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet end fastest in both second practice and combined for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Dixon clocked a 1:09.8281 on his 34thh and final lap of the session to supplant points leader Simon Pagenaud, who was second at 1:09.9894.

There was a weird statistical anomaly with just 0.0002 of a second separating both second and third (Pagenaud and Graham Rahal), and fourth and fifth (Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power). Times were super close.

A number of drivers had off-course excursions – Mikhail Aleshin had a spin and James Hinchcliffe ran wide to end the session – but none was significant enough to stop running. Elsewhere, Carlos Munoz only completed three laps in the session.

Times are below. Third practice runs from 11 to 11:45 a.m. ET and local time on Friday.

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Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).