Scott Dixon tops speed charts in second practice for Grand Prix of Long Beach

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Scott Dixon set the fastest lap of the weekend so far with an elapsed time of 1 minute, 7.7940 seconds in the second practice session for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Friday afternoon.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver led Ryan Hunter-Reay, the fastest in practice 1, by a margin of 0.0494 seconds in a session which saw the top 19 drivers all separated by less than a second.

Dixon’s teammate, Felix Rosenqvist. was third fastest with a time of 1 minute, 7.8867 seconds, followed by Team Penkse’s Josef Newgarden and Patricio O’Ward’s Carlin Racing Chevrolet. 2018 Long Beach champion Alexander Rossi finished the session 6th fastest.

Some surprising names were to be found further down in the practice results. Will Power finished the session 14th fastest, and last weekend’s winner, Takuma Sato, finished the session 18th quickest.

Three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais ended the session 19th quickest, though with a third practice session tomorrow morning, don’t be surprised to see all three drivers find speed and qualify towards the front of the pack during NTT P1 qualifying tomorrow afternoon.

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The 45 minute practice session was stopped only once, when the reg flag came out with 23 minutes remaining due to Matheus Leist stalling in turn 9. The green flag came back 5 minutes later after crews removed Leist’s A.J. Foyt Racing machine from the racing surface.

Full Practice 2 results 

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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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