Dixon fastest, Honda strong again in Practice 3 at Watkins Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Chip Ganassi’s Racing’s Scott Dixon went fastest in third practice for Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen (1:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN), repeating his feat from second practice on Friday. Dixon’s quick time from Practice 3 (1:22.6441) nearly mirrored his best lap from Practice 2 (1:22.6187).

Honda retained the strong form on display during Friday practice. The Andretti Autosport duo of Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay were second and third, with Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves fourth, the only Chevrolet in the top five. Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais was fifth, putting four Hondas inside the top five ahead of Saturday afternoon qualifying.

Other notables include Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in eighth, Simon Pagenaud in ninth, and Will Power in 16th.

The session ran without interruption, although Sebastien Bourdais did have a quick spin entering Turn 8 as the checkered flag came out. However, he slid harmlessly into the runoff area and did not incur any contact.

Times are below. Qualifying rolls off at 3:00 p.m. ET and will air on NBCSN at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.