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Alexander Rossi fastest in third Long Beach practice

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Defending Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach champion Alexander Rossi was the fastest driver in Saturday morning’s IndyCar Series practice session on the Southern California street course.

The driver of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda topped the speed charts with seconds remaining in the third practice session of the weekend, with an elapsed time of 1 minute, 7.0588 seconds.

Fellow Honda driver Graham Rahal was second fastest, 0.1278 seconds behind, in a practice session that saw 21 of the 23 competitors separated by less than a second.

Scott Dixon was third fastest with a time of 1 minute, 7.2257 seconds, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has shown speed all weekend. Simon Pagenaud’s Team Penske machine was the fastest Chevrolet-powered entry of the session, finishing fifth-fastest.

The 45-minute practice session saw several drivers lock up the brakes and stall in the runoff areas of the track, with drivers such as Will Power, Matheus Leist and Takuma Sato finding their way off course.

NTT Pole award qualifying is up next for the IndyCar Series, with qualifying scheduled to begin at 3:10 pm E.T. and will be broadcast live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold.

Full practice 3 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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