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Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport top second Long Beach practice

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Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi went quickest in second practice for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Rossi’s best lap of 1:08.556 nipped teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay in the final minutes, with Hunter-Reay clocking in at 1:08.7083 to make it an Andretti Autosport 1-2 in the session.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was third, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in fourth. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, who topped the first practice, was fifth.

The only stoppage of the session came near the end, with the aforementioned Sato spinning in Turn 1 and hitting the wall on corner exit.

Sato was unhurt, though his No. 15 Honda did sustain damage to the right-rear and right-front, and the incident did bring the session to an end slightly before it reached the planned 45-minute mark.

Session leaders Rossi and Hunter-Reay nearly found the wall themselves during the session, with each getting within inches of the Long Beach barriers at various points during their runs.

Results from Practice 2 are below. Practice 3 rolls off on Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. local time (1:45 p.m. ET), with qualifying at 3:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. ET, live on NBCSN).



IndyCar’s Vasser-Sullivan expand into IMSA for 2019

James Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser. Photo IndyCar
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Not even one year after returning to the IndyCar ranks, Vasser-Sullivan Racing is taking AIM at the IMSA world, you might say.

While team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan will continue to partner with Dale Coyne Racing on the IndyCar side, they expanded their holdings Tuesday, announcing a partnership with AIM Autosport to campaign a new two-car Lexus-backed RC F GT3 effort in IMSA’s GT Daytona class.

The new team – named AIM Vasser-Sullivan – will replace 3GT Racing, which was part of Lexus’ sports car program launch in 2016. It will announce its two drivers in the coming weeks, the team said.

“Sulli and I are excited and looking forward to entering a new chapter in our racing careers,” Vasser said in a media release. “I have driven sports cars before, but my career was pretty much limited to the 24 Hours of Daytona, including a ‘class’ win in 1992 and second overall in 2008.

“The AIM Vasser Sullivan team, with the support of Lexus and our sponsors, has the tools to get the job done and we are looking forward to this new challenge.”

Lexus has made significant progress in its first two seasons in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, having earned a combined two race wins, five poles and finished third in the 2018 GTD Manufacturer point standings.

Vasser and Sullivan were part of the ownership group of KVSH Racing in IndyCar from 2011 through 2016 before the organization folded.

They also owned Tony Kanaan’s 2013 Indianapolis 500-winning car.

After sitting out the 2017 season, Vasser, a former CART champion, and Sullivan rejoined forces this past February, just before the start of the 2018 IndyCar season, partnering with Coyne to form a satellite team led by driver Sebastien Bourdais, who previously drove for KVSH.

Bourdais kicked off the new team’s effort with a win in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He finished seventh in the overall season standings.

AIM Vasser Sullivan will have two home bases for its IMSA program: AIM’s current facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, as well as a new U.S. shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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