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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.

 

 

 

 

Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett killed in Pennsylvania race crash

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YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett died after a crash Thursday night at BAPS Motor Speedway.

The 49-year-old Hodnett, from Spring Grove, Pa., was the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year in 1993 and went on to win 20 World of Outlaws races. He won the opening night this year at the Knoxville Nationals.

“Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said.

A statement was posted on Hodnett’s racing website, saying: “Please keep (wife) Sherry, the entire Hodnett family, and the Heffner racing team in your thoughts and prayers.

“Greg was a professional in every sense of the word, and will be desperately missed!”

Several NASCAR drivers took to Twitter to express their condolences: