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Dixon tops final practice in Texas

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Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon topped the speed charts in final practice for Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600.

Dixon’s quick lap of 220.524 mph just barely bettered A.J. Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan, who ran second with a quick lap of 220.418 mph for A.J. Foyt Racing.

Sebastien Bourdais was third for Dale Coyne Racing, while the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing duo of Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal were fourth and fifth.

Although there were no incidents or stoppages during the session, there were several nervous moments as drivers ran in close quarters at various times.

Examples of this are below, with Zach Veach getting a big run Matheus Leist, and Graham Rahal pulling off an outside pass on Josef Newgarden.

Robert Wickens also had a nervous moment of his own, clipping the grass on the front straightaway dog-leg, though the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver was able to keep control of his No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda.

Results of final practice are below. Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600 sees coverage begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with the green flag set for 8:45 p.m. ET.

 

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IndyCar: Ed Carpenter Racing signs Ed Jones for road, street course races in 2019

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2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Ed Jones has signed on to compete in IndyCar road and street course races in 2019 for Ed Carpenter Racing, the team announced Wednesday.

Jones replaces Jordan King at ECR, whose contract was not renewed for 2019.

“Joining Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa for the 2019 IndyCar Series is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of,” Jones said in a media release.

Jones will also drive a third car for ECR in the 2019 Indianapolis 500, making it 13 races of the 17-race IndyCar schedule that he’s due to compete in.

“Ed Carpenter Racing has shown amazing speed the last few years at the Indianapolis 500,” Jones said. “You can always expect the ECR cars to be at the front. I am really grateful for this chance and will do everything I can to make sure we, as a team, make the most of it.”

In addition, Las Vegas-based Scuderia Corsa will become a partner with ECR on Jones’ No. 20 Chevrolet (as well as the No. 64 Chevy he’ll drive in the Indy 500).

“Both ECR and Scuderia Corsa have been successful in their respective series and I feel the combination of forces will be greatly beneficial,” Jones said. “I’m extremely excited to get underway.”

Jones will yield driving duties in the No. 20 Chevy for four races to team owner Ed Carpenter on oval tracks, while Spencer Pigot returns as the team’s full-time driver in the No. 21 Chevrolet.

“I am very excited to welcome Ed Jones to the ECR family, as well as Scuderia Corsa and Giacomo (Scuderia Corsa co-founder Giacomo Mattioli),” Carpenter said. “I was very surprised when Ed became available at the end of the season. I look forward to working together to get ECR back in Victory Lane.”

The 23-year-old Jones, who hails from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, previously drove for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018 (finished 13th in the final season standings) and Dale Coyne Racing in 2017 (finished 14th). He won the Indy Lights championship in 2016, as did new teammate Pigot in 2015.

During the 2018 season, Jones had two podium finishes (Long Beach and Belle Isle II) and eight top-10 finishes in the 17-race campaign.

Since forming in 2012, Scuderia Corsa has earned more than 100 wins over numerous racing platforms, primarily sports-car based. However, it made its first foray into IndyCar racing by backing Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and driver Oriol Servia’s effort in the 2018 Indy 500.

Jones began his new job with ECR immediately, watching new boss Carpenter take part today (Wednesday) in a closed Firestone tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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