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INDYCAR: Josef Newgarden fastest in first practice at Iowa

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Josef Newgarden was fastest in this morning’s practice session for the Iowa 300, turning a lap of 179.838 mph around the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway bullring.

Newgarden led a Penske 1-2-3 at the top of the leader board, with teammates Simon Pagenaud (178.533 mph) and Will Power (178.400 mph) finishing the session second and third fastest, respectively.

Alexander Rossi was fourth fastest in the session with a 177.595 mph lap, followed by Scott Dixon (177.445), who was fifth fastest.

Three-time Iowa Speedway winner Ryan Hunter-Reay (177.287 mph) ended the session sixth fastest, while Tony Kannan (176.326 mph), James Hinchcliffe (176.271 mph), Felix Rosenqvist (175.929 mph), and Zach Veach (175.626 mph) rounded out the top 10.

Qualifying for the Iowa 300 airs live later this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold.

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Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.