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Scott Dixon quickest in Honda Indy Toronto warm-up; Jordan King wrecks

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Sunday morning’s final warm-up for this afternoon’s Honda Indy Toronto saw plenty of speed – but also some incidents that could impact drivers and cars for the race itself.

Scott Dixon (59.1394 seconds at 108.719 mph) outlasted pole sitter Josef Newgarden (59.3694 seconds at 108.300 mph) by 0.2290 seconds to take the quickest and fastest honors for the warm-up session.

As for on-track incidents, with about seven minutes to go, Jordan King lost control coming into Turn 10 and went straight into the tire wall, resulting in significant damage to his car. King is qualified eighth for today’s race.

King told the IndyCar Radio Network that his team didn’t believe the damage was too bad and that it could be repaired for the race at 3:30 p.m. ET (live on NBCSN).

“The steering wheel kicked back a bit and it just slightly slipped out of my hand and that was it,” King said. “The damage is not too bad.”

As the checkered flag came out to end the session, and not far from where King hit the tire wall, veteran driver Tony Kanaan spun coming out of Turn 10 and heading into Turn 11 but did not make any contact.

Jordan King. (Photo: IndyCar)

At the same time, Ryan Hunter-Reay carried his car into the run-off area in Turn 3 but was able to exit under his own power and continue on.

The rest of the top 5 in the practice session were Hunter-Reay (59.4536 seconds at 108.145 mph), Marco Andretti (59.5365 at 107.994) and Graham Rahal (59.5645 at 107.943).

Sixth through 10th were Ed Jones (59.5690 at 107.935), Conor Daly (59.7888 at 107.539), Takuma Sato (59.7907 at 107.535), Simon Pagenaud (59.7930 at 107.531) and Tony Kanaan (1:00.2212 at 106.766).

 

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Twin sisters chosen for Lincoln Tech-Schmidt Peterson Mentorship Program

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Lincoln Tech and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced a continuation of their long-time partnership earlier this year, and part of that partnership included a return of their mentorship program, which sees Lincoln Tech students join SPM’s team during select race weekends.

The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will add a new and interesting chapter to that program as the students selected happen to be twin sisters.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische, who are studying Automotive Technology at Lincoln Tech’s East Windsor, CT campus, will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda team during the Pocono weekend.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s team at Pocono. Photo: IndyCar

What’s even more interesting is that Jacqueline and Nathalie previously worked in a hair salon as after graduating from beauty school. They explained that one of their Lincoln Tech instructors, Kristopher Fluckiger, put the idea of pursuing a career in the racing field in their heads.

“He was a Lincoln Tech graduate, and then he was actually a racer,” Natalie and Jacqueline said of Mr. Fluckiger in a video release by Lincoln Tech detailing their story. “When we had him for steering and suspension, he always told us about stagger and race cars. He integrated racing into everything he was teaching us.”

And the young women feel both humbled and surprised by the opportunity at hand.

“It’s still so surreal. When everyone told us that we got chosen – to be able to go, we feel honored that we get that opportunity,” Natalie revealed.

Jacqueline added, “Especially two of us from one campus, we kind of didn’t think we could (both get nominated).”

Kevin Clark, Director of Education at the East Windsor campus, spoke very highly of the Mische sisters and feels that they both earned the opportunity.

“(They) are truly deserving of this honor – being selected for the SPM Mentor program,” said Clark. “They are outstanding students with exceptional GPAs and near-perfect attendance. They are always upbeat, positive, and smiling while actively engaged in their education and helping others.”

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