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Newgarden crashes while Dixon leads third practice at Watkins Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – A heavy accident for Josef Newgarden in Turn 7 was the lead story during the third and final practice before qualifying in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen presented by Hitachi.

Meanwhile, Scott Dixon topped the timesheets with a best time of 1:22.8008 at the 3.37-mile road course. It was quicker than his best Friday time of 1:22.8740.

Newgarden lost control of his car in Turn 7, and the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet hit hard into the tire barriers. But the car looked better than it appeared from the replay upon its return to the paddock, and Newgarden, who was OK, felt worse about the extra work forced on his Ed Carpenter Racing team.

“I just wrecked. Just an error. All good,” Newgarden told IndyCar Radio’s Jake Query.

“The car is relatively OK I think. It wasn’t as bad as it could be. There will be some work. You always feel bad when you put work on the team that’s unnecessary.”

Up front, meanwhile, Dixon led his third consecutive practice session with an even quicker lap than he did in either session on Friday.

Will Power, Sebastien Bourdais, James Hinchcliffe and Jack Hawksworth completed the top five, with Spencer Pigot in the second ECR entry an impressive sixth place.

Takuma Sato also brought out a red flag for a stop on course, but stopped the car before any contact at Turn 9.

Times are below; qualifying is set to start from 3 p.m. ET and local time. It airs tonight at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App.

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IMSA race at Daytona: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info, more

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IMSA start times: For the first time in more than five months, Daytona International Speedway will have a sports car race as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series returns to the same place it left off today (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

After being sidelined by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, the premier sports car circuit will wave the green again on its 2020 season today. But instead of the annual 24-hour endurance classic, Saturday’s WeatherTech 240 will be a “sprint race” around the 3.56-mile road course.

Here are the details for IMSA’s second race of the season at Daytona (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona race information

TV: 6 p.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports App and TrackPass

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com, as well as Sirius Channel 216, XM 210, Internet 970

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours, 40 minutes around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 88 degrees with a 51% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see the 26 cars entered in Saturday’s race.


IMSA weekend schedule: Friday, July 3

11 a.m. — WeatherTech Championship Transporter Load-In

1 p.m. — Garages open; pit lane equipment setup

6:15-7:15 p.m. — First practice WeatherTech Championship (all classes)

9:30 p.m. — Garages close

IMSA weekend schedule: Saturday, July 4

8 a.m. — Garages open

8:45 a.m. — Fuel rig inspection

10:15 a,m — 11:30 am — Practice (restricted by classes: 10:15-10:45 a.m., GTD Silver/Bronze; 10:30-11:30 a.m., DPi/GTLM; 10:45-11:15, GTD all drivers)

1:55 p.m. — GTD qualifying

2:20 p.m. — GTLM qualifying

2:45 p.m. — DPi qualifying

6 p.m. — Formation laps

6:10 p.m. — IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona (2 hours, 40 minutes)

11:30 p.m. — Garages close