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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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F1’s Valtteri Bottas to compete in first-ever rally race in his native Finland

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Formula One’s “Flying Finn” is going back home for the first time.

More precisely, Valtteri Bottas is returning to his Finland homeland to compete in his first career rally race in the Finnish Rally Championship season opener.

Bottas, teammates on the F1 Mercedes team with five-time champ Lewis Hamilton, will compete in the World Rally Championships’ Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26.

He’ll team with two-time World Rally champion Timo Rautiainen in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC on rally roads of the Finnish Arctic Circle.

“This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying,” Bottas told Finnish rallying website Rallism.f1. “I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible.

“It’s totally new territory for me too, as I have no prior experience of a World Rally Car. Still, being the race car driver that I am, you always go flat out whatever the vehicle you’re driving in.”

Added Rautiainen, “In my life, I’ve sat in a rally car with only three drivers, but this is such an interesting mission that I just had to accept the challenge. I believe that for a talented wheelman like Valtteri, we’ll be able to establish a good basic driving routine in testing.”

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