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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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.