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Scott Dixon leads first practice at Toronto as Hondas take top six spots

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TORONTO — Scott Dixon rebounded from a subpar finish at Iowa Speedway with a strong opening practice session Friday on the streets of Toronto, where Honda drivers dominated the session.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who has two victories here (most recently in 2016), turned a 105.842-mph lap on the 1.786-mile course in his Dallara Honda, outpacing Graham Rahal (105.510), Alexander Rossi (105.440), Takuma Sato (105.395), Marco Andretti (105.318) and Sebastien Bourdais (105.178).

Team Penske’s Will Power was the top Chevrolet in seventh at 105.128 mph.

Dixon, the series’ points leader with two victories, finished four laps down in a season-worst 12th at Iowa but maintained a 33-point lead over defending series champion Josef Newgarden (who finished fourth).

Newgarden’s Penske Chevy was 13th fastest in the opening practice as Hondas claimed eight of the top 10 spots. Teammate Simon Pagenaud, the defending winner of the race, was 12th fastest.

Click here for results of the first of two practices Friday for the Honda Indy Toronto.





Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: