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INDYCAR: Colton Herta fastest in P3 at Mid-Ohio

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Colton Herta was fastest again in the third practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday morning, posting a lap of 1 minute, 5.7048 seconds around the 13-Turn, 2.258-mile road course.

Herta led Spencer Pigot by 0.0577 seconds. Pigot also finished P1 second-fastest. Both drivers have an excellent shot to claim the pole position in qualifications later in the afternoon.

Alexander Rossi finished the session third-fastest with an elapsed time of 1 minute, 5.8747 seconds, while James Hinchcliffe (1 minute, 5.9580 seconds) and Santino Ferrucci (1 minute, 5.9802 seconds) ended the session fourth and fifth-fastest, respectfully.

Ohio native Graham Rahal (1 minute, 6.0040 seconds) ended the session sixth-fastest, while Josef Newgarden (1 minute, 6.0131 seconds), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1 minute, 6.0208 seconds), Sebastian Bourdais (1 minute, 6.0337 seconds) and Will Power (1 minute, 6.0905 seconds) finished seventh through tenth.

The red flag would come out once during the 45-minute session, when RC Enerson spun in Turn 9 and stalled on the track. Enerson, who is making his first IndyCar start since Sonoma in 2016, was assessed a five-minute penalty for bringing out the red flag. He ended the session 19th-fastest.

Felix Rosenqvist ended the session 20th-fastest after running off-course into the Turn 4 sandtrap.

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Qualifying for the Honda Indy 200 begins later this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.