Hunter-Reay fastest in first practice for Grand Prix of Long Beach

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No. 28 was number one in the first NTT IndyCar Series practice session for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday morning.

2010 Long Beach winner Ryan Hunter-Reay set the fastest lap of the session with an elapsed time of 1 minute, 7.9335 seconds around the 1.968-mile street circuit, with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon finishing the session second-fastest with a time of 1 minute, 8.1039 seconds.

Circuit of the Americas race winner Colton Herta, who picked up sponsorship from local taco restaurant chain King Taco, finished the session third-fastest, and Graham Rahal finished the first practice session of the weekend fourth quickest.

Defending race winner Alexander Rossi finished first practice fifth, but the Andretti Autosport driver ended the session early when his No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda cut a left front tire.

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Honda power swept the top seven positions on the leaderboard, with James Hinchcliffe and Felix Rosenqvist finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. The trio of Team Penske Chevrolets of Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden and Will Power rounded out the top 10.

The second scheduled IndyCar practice session for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place on Friday evening at 5:00 pm E.T. and will be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold.

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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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