Rossi leads Andretti Autosport 1-2 in third practice at Mid-Ohio

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Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi topped third practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (3:00 p.m. ET, CNBC). Rossi’s best lap of 1:04.2303 was just under one tenth of a second quicker than teammate Takuma Sato, who turned his best lap at 1:04.3272 to make it an Andretti Autosport 1-2 in the third practice session.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan ended up third and fourth, making it four Hondas in the top four spots on the board. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was the fastest Chevrolet in fifth.

The lap times continue to be incredibly close, with 19 cars separated by less than one second.

The session did see two red flags. The first was for a minor incident in which Team Penske’s Will Power ran out of fuel and stopped on course ahead of turn 11.

The second actually came near the end of the session and brought it to a close. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Mikhail Aleshin spun in turn 11 and, after doing a couple of pirouettes, made contact with the tire barriers. He exited the car unhurt, but the team will need to make repairs to the back of the car.

Times are below. Qualifying begins at 2:00 p.m. ET and airs live on NBCSN.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.