Rolex 24: Kobayashi fastest as LMP2 crash ends final practice

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The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac of Kamui Kobayashi was fastest in the final practice session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona Friday morning, a session which ended earlier than expected due to a heavy crash by Don Yount.

Yount was driving the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca 07 Gibson when he lost control of his car and wound up in the Turn 6 inside tire barrier with 15 minutes remaining. He was able to get out of the car under his own power.

Though the session was initially red-flagged by race control, the decision was eventually made to end it prematurely.

Thus, Kobayashi’s 1 minute, 35.340 second lap made earlier in the session remained unchallenged.

Helio Castroneves was second fastest in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske entry, a car that previously crashed in the bus stop chicane with Ricky Taylor behind the wheel Thursday. Castroneves ended the session 0.393 seconds behind Kobayashi.

Sebastien Bourdais was third fastest in the No. 5 JDC Miller MotorSports Cadillac, 0.691 seconds back.

Live coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.