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Dixon leads Mid-Ohio warmup, but spins to end session early

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LEXINGTON, Ohio – Scott Dixon’s pace this weekend in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet continued in Sunday’s 30-minute morning warmup for today’s Honda Indy 200 (2 p.m. ET, CNBC).

With a best time of 1:04.4039, Dixon continued in leading the first Verizon IndyCar Series session of each day this weekend (led first practice on Friday and third practice on Saturday).

But he’ll have a haul to come through the field, from 11th on the grid, in today’s race.

And because he was continuing to try hard, Dixon spun out at Turn 6 at the end of the session, which ended it a few minutes early.

Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal were next up, with polesitter and points leader Simon Pagenaud in fourth. Will Power, who starts second, was 11th in the session.

RC Enerson was a solid seventh in the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

Max Chilton only completed five laps in the No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with mechanical issues.

Results are below:


Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

Porsche Mid-Ohio COVID-19
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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.