Scott Dixon keeps it low key after turning the fastest lap on Day 2 of Indy 500 practice

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INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Dixon led the way Wednesday on the second full day of Indy 500 practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But in his typically low-key style, the six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion wasn’t thumping his chest over being atop the speed chart.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver turned a 226.829 lap in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda to lead the six-hour session on the 2.5-mile oval.

Dixon was followed by the Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolets of Conor Daly (226.372) and Ed Carpenter (226.103). The Ganassi Hondas of Marcus Ericsson (226.007) and Tony Kanaan (225.774) in the No. 48 he shares with Jimmie Johnson) rounded out the top five.

WEDNESDAY SPEED CHART: Click here to view who was fastest on Day 2

COMBINED PRACTICE RESULTS: Top speeds through the first three sessions

It was the consecutive year that Scott Dixon, who led a race-high 111 laps and finished second last year at Indy, paced the second day of Indy 500 practice.

Dixon and Carpenter both expressed surprise that so many drivers made mock qualifying runs Wednesday in anticipation of qualifying sessions Saturday and Sunday.

That might have tempered Dixon’s assessment of his car (“I wouldn’t say we’re happy.”), especially with temperatures expected to spike this weekend and slow down the cars considerably on a slicker track.

“I felt I was a little more comfortable yesterday,” Dixon, who won the Indy 500 in 2008, told NBC Sports reporter Dillon Welch. “The track temperature was up today, but it doesn’t really much. I’ve seen some definitely competitive cars out there. As always, it’s going to be an extremely tough race. But happy the Ganassi cars are pretty fast.”

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Daly identified the Chevrolets of Team Penske as being “really good” but added that teams “still haven’t really let the horses run” with two more full days of practice (including a turbo boost Friday) before qualifying.

“We knew we were quick all day and worked on a lot of things we wanted and went deep into traffic and still feel OK,” Daly told Welch. “I had to lift for my best lap. Either way, the car’s awesome. If you’re fast every day, that means the car is fast. We’ve still got things to work through, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The top-five “non-tow” speeds (by cars that weren’t aided by a draft off another car) were turned by Alexander Rossi (221.114), Simon Pagenaud (221.037) Max Chilton (220.799) Ed Jones, Charlie Kimball, Pato O’Ward and JR Hildebrand.

Preparing to make his 16th Indy 500 start but his first (and perhaps only) IndyCar race this season, Marco Andretti was 10th fastest but seemed pessimistic about winning the pole position for the second consecutive season.

“We’ve been battling tire vibrations and just overall lack of speed,” Andretti told Welch. “The car is comfortable, and we’re doing as much as we can with it. Unfortunately, where we’re running now we’ll probably qualify midpack. The car is comfortable, we just need to find speed.

“It’s not always the fastest car that’s going to win. We’re not giving up by any means, it’s just qualifying might not be ideal.”

For the second consecutive day, there were no incidents in the session, which was interrupted twice by cautions (for a track inspection and later a 20-minute yellow for light rain)

The 105th Indy 500 will take place May 30 (NBC, 11 a.m. ET). Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Wednesday that Danica Patrick will lead the field to the green flag as the Corvette convertible pace car driver.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series triples to 34 races in 2023

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After hosting 10 rounds in 2022, the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series 2023 schedule will more than triple to 34 races. The 2022 season featured seven different winners in the first seven races, a female racer in Jade Avedisian as the only repeat winner and Zach Daum as the champion.

“Dirt Midget racing is a growing entity in American motorsports, and the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is proud to drive further into the growth of the division with both a diverse and lucrative schedule for 2023,” newly appointed Series Director Tyler Bachman said in a press release. “From the kickoff at our first indoor event, to each of the new tracks we’re set to visit next year, it’s a lineup we know both our teams and fans will enjoy.”

The championship purse fund has also more than double with an increase of $42,000 to $80,000 in 2023. The champion will win $25,000. Last year, Daum pocketed $10,000.

In addition, the series will offer tow money to the top 12 in points. Six drivers attempted to qualify for all 10 races in 2022 with 89 drivers attending.

The series will begin on March 10 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. and end the same place it did in 2022 at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City on October 15.

During the season, they will visit 21 tracks in 10 states.

Some highlights of the season include the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series pairing up with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in 2023 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. in April for the Outlaw Showdown and again in August for the Ironman 55 weekend, as well as the creation of a five-day Midget Speedweek.

The Midget Speedweek will immediately follow the Ironman 55 with a swing through Pennsylvania and New York.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023 Schedule

Friday, March 10 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Saturday, March 11 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Friday, March 31 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.

Saturday, April 1 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.
Friday, April 14 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Saturday, April 15 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.

Friday, May 5 | Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, May 6 | 81 Speedway | Park City, Kan.
Tuesday, May 23 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.
Wednesday, May 24 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday, June 1 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, Ill.
Friday, June 2 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.
Saturday, June 3 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.

Friday, July 21 | TBA
Saturday, July 22 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, Ill.
Friday, July 28 | TBA
Saturday, July 29 | Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Sunday, July 30 | Brushcreek Motorsports Complex | Peebles, Ohio

Friday, August 4 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Sat, August 5 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Tuesday, August 8 | Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, Pa.
Wednesday, August 9 | Action Track USA | Kutztown, Pa.
Thursday, August 10 | Linda’s Speedway | Jonestown, Pa.
Friday, August 11 | TBA
Saturday, August 12 | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, N.J.
Friday, August 25 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, August 26 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa

Friday, September 1 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Saturday, September 2 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Friday, September 15 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, September 16 | Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, Ill.

Friday, October 13 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, October 14 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sunday, October 15 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.

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