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Colton Herta leads IndyCar’s Friday practice at Iowa Speedway

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Colton Herta set the pace for Iowa Speedway practice Friday, turning a 171.990 mph lap in his Dallara-Honda to lead the NTT IndyCar Series in the first session of a race weekend doubleheader.

Conor Daly was second, followed by Will Power, Santino Ferrucci and Josef Newgarden.

Rounding out the top 10 were Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon, Rinus VeeKay, Marcus Ericsson and Tony Kanaan, who will be returning with A.J. Foyt Racing this weekend after missing three races.

Click here for full results from Iowa Speedway practice Friday.

Herta drives for Andretti Autosport, which has won seven of the past 13 races at Iowa. Herta still is seeking his first victory this season after leading Iowa Speedway practice Friday.

But the No. 88 Dallara-Honda driver is ranked second in the points standings as the only driver to finish in the top 10 of all four races.

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Next up is a qualifying session (5 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) that will determine the starting lineups for both races on the 0.894-mile oval.

The first lap will determine a driver’s starting order for Friday; the second will set the grid for the Saturday. Both races will be shown at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

There were five drivers eligible for an extra 30 minutes of practice in a rookie session — Alex Palou, VeeKay, Pato O’Ward, Oliver Askew and Jack Harvey.

All but Palou have raced at Iowa before, though, in at least one Road to Indy ladder series race. Askew won from the pole in USF2000 in 2017, and O’Ward won an Indy Lights race at Iowa in 2018.

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.