FORT WORTH – At the end of a frenzied 30-minute practice session at Texas Motor Speedway, Graham Rahal led the field with a top speed of 213.935 mph.
Rahal, who starts 13th Saturday in the Firestone 600, led a top five with Josef Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Jack Hawkworth. Hawksworth’s speed came after he qualified 20th out of 22 cars earlier in the afternoon.
Defending race winner Scott Dixon was 10th fastest.
Rahal bounced back from having a stripped out gear box end his first practice session early. Gabby Chaves, who wrecked early in the morning practice session and did not qualify, was 18th fastest.
IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.
Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.
Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.
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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”
According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.
Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.
Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).