Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 11/8/14

JOLIET, IL - AUGUST 28: Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda during practice for the IRL IndyCar Series PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 on August 28, 2009 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
Sonoma, CA- The contenders for the 2013 Izod IndyCar Series championship were on top of the combined speed charts after two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway Friday afternoon. Leading the charge after the two 45-minute sessions was second in the standings Scott Dixon. Dixon set a quick time of 1:18.31145-seconds in his No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda this afternoon. He’s won three of the last four races entering this weekend and currently trails points leader Helio Castroneves by 31 points. In the first session you kind of get two or three laps to get it together, and I didn’t get it together whatsoever,” said Dixon. “I think both [Target] cars have been pretty quick. Dario didn’t even run on a second set of tires in this session and still got up in the top seven, so he’s going to be one to watch, for sure.” The guy Dixon’s chasing for the championship was second. Castroneves set a time of 1:18.6694 in his No. 3 Hitcahi Team Penske Chevrolet to keep pressure on Dixon. “The car seems in pretty good shape. Certainly we just continued developing the setup of the Hitachi car during the day, and it sounds like we were going in the right direction.” Third in the title chase and defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay came home third quickest this afternoon with a time of 1:18.6814 in his No.1 DHL/Sun Drop Chevrolet. Castroneves’ teammate Will Power came home fourth while Dario Franchitti rounded out the top five in Friday’s sessions. With how close the speeds were today and the cream of the crop already rising to the top, qualifying will be that much more important Saturday.   The post IndyCar: Points Leaders Quickest in Opening Day at Sonoma appeared first on Race Review Online.
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