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.
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.
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.