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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.

 

 

 

 

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.