Power goes 232-plus to pace Fast Friday for Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power was fast both in a tow and, more importantly, without one to top the timesheets in Friday’s Fast Friday practice session for the 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet put Roger Penske’s squad on the top of the board for the first time this week, after Andretti Autosport (Monday and Wednesday) and Dale Coyne Racing (Thursday) having also topped the charts.

Power’s best tow speed was 232.672 mph, one of two drivers in the 232 bracket (Josef Newgarden was second in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet at 232.344) and one of 18 overall north of 230 mph. The boost level was increased from 130 kPa to 140 kPa, which provides roughly a 40 to 50 horsepower increase, and most teams took a significant amount of downforce off the cars.

Power was second on the more important no-tow charts at 231.339 mph (38.9040 seconds), and only just behind NBCSN IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell in the No. 29 California Pizza Kitchen/Robert Graham Honda for Andretti Autosport.

Bell’s no-tow speed was 231.342 mph, and 38.9034 seconds.

In the no-tow speed charts, there were seven Hondas (four Andretti, two Schmidt, one Coyne) and only three Chevrolets.

More than an hour was lost to a mid-afternoon sprinkle, but not enough to end track activity early.

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Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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