Will Power once again fastest in second practice for INDYCAR GP at Indianapolis

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Will Power is proving to be the man to beat when it comes to preparing for Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After being fastest in Friday’s first practice session for the GP this morning, Power roared right back to be fastest in the afternoon session, as well.

That’s not surprising since he not only is the defending winner of the GP, but has also won it twice (2015 and 2017).

Power covered the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course with a top speed of 125.657 mph (at 1 minute, 9.8759 seconds).

Rookie Jordan King, who was third-fastest in the morning practice, proved that was no fluke, as he was second-fastest in the afternoon practice (125.592 mph at 1:09.9122).

2016 Indy 500 champ Alexander Rossi, who was second-fastest in the morning practice, slipped one spot to be third-fastest in the afternoon session (125.469 mph at 1:09.9806).

Rookie Robert Wickens was fourth-fastest (125.296 mph, 1:10.0773), followed by the other two-time winner of the Grand Prix (2014 and 2016), Simon Pagenaud (125.296 mph, 1:10.0775), Power’s Team Penske teammate.

Sixth through 10th were Helio Castroneves (125.275 mph, 1:10.0891), Sebastien Bourdais (125.242 mph, 1:10.1072), Spencer Pigot (125.193 mph, 1:10.1347), Tony Kanaan (125.033 mph, 1:10.2248) and 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden (125.027 mph, 1:10.2279).

Now Power and the rest of the 24-driver field prepare for qualifying for tomorrow’s race later this afternoon, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis will take the green flag Saturday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. ET.

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Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).