Scott Dixon has a lot of cars to pass to get to the front in Saturday’s Indy Grand Prix, but if morning warm-up was any indication he should be fun to watch. The four-time IndyCar champion, who qualified 18th on Friday, turned the fastest lap during the extended 30-minute session on Saturday morning with a time of 1m10.8157s in his PNC Honda.
Polesitter Will Power was two-thousands of a second behind Dixon with a fast lap of 1m10.8371s in his Verizon Chevy.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, who lines up 13th in the DHL Honda, posted the third-quickest time of 1m10.9039s and rookie Jordan King, who starts fifth for Ed Carpenter Racing, was the only other driver to crack 1m11s as he managed a 1m10.9150s in the Fuzzy’s Chevy. Max Chilton was fifth fastest at 1m11.1789s in the Gallagher Chevy.
There were a pair of red flags on an overcast morning in Indianapolis. Marco Andretti only made two laps before shutting off his U.S. Concrete Honda seven minutes into the session.
“I felt something weird so I shut it off,” said Andretti, scheduled to start 14th. “Not sure what happened but I saw some smoke coming out of the exhaust.”
The next delay was for a a handful of geese that wandered onto the 2.39-mile road course and IndyCar safety trucks were sent to dispatch them.
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