Rosenqvist fastest in eventful first practice at Barber

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Felix Rosenqvist posted the fastest lap in the first of three practice sessions for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with a time of 1 minute, 9.2296 seconds.

The Chip Ganassi Racing rookie led Sebastien Bourdais by 0.0454 seconds, with James Hinchcliffe finishing third (1 minute, 9.3276 seconds) despite being one of three drivers to spin nearly simultaneously with less than ten minutes remaining in the session.

Takuma Sato also spun, as did Tony Kanaan, who brought out a red flag when his car became stopped on the track after spinning in turn 16.

The unfortunate combination of a wet track and cold tires made for a very eventful session, as other drivers found their way off course as well.

Before Kanaan’s trouble, his teammate Matheus Leist brought out a red flag himself with 24 minutes remaining, after he spun in turn seven and made contact with the inside retaining wall.

Team strategist George Klotz told NBC Sports Gold that, besides the front and rear wings, he didn’t believe Leist’s car had any additional damage.

The practice session ended under the red flag, when Spencer Pigot spun and got stuck in a sandtrap at the exit of Turn 17.

Scott Dixon (1:09.4373) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:09.4452) rounded out the top five.

Rookie Patricio O’Ward posted the most laps with 16.

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Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.