LEXINGTON, Ohio – Scott Dixon being fast at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is not new.
But Scott Dixon dropping a lap of 1:03.7244 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is new.
Dixon, driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and leader of first practice, lowered the mark to that aforementioned time in this morning’s 45-minute third practice session for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200.
And mind you, this time is done on Firestone’s primary black sidewall tires on a track that grips up and gets faster as a session goes on.
Dixon’s official track record is 1:04.5814, set last year in qualifying. But if it’s dry (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), and the Firestone red alternates come out to play, there’s not just a chance that track record will be beat – it could be obliterated.
In the non-Dixon class, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan all also made it into the 1:03 bracket. Max Chilton was an impressive sixth.
Top Honda in this practice was Graham Rahal, as he was on Friday. Except that position is seventh.
The one red flag flew when Spencer Pigot ran in deep at Turn 4 and beached his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, but the Ed Carpenter Racing driver resumed and returned to the pits with no damage.
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