Kanaan Quick At Glen

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With the IRL IndyCar Series visiting Watkins Glen International for Sunday’s Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix, it looks like Marlboro Team Penske and Andretti Green Racing picked up where they left off in the Indianapolis 500. This time, though, Sam Hornish Jr. and Marco Andretti – who finished 1-2 in a sizzling finish at the Brickyard -- brought along a few friends.

The two teams dominated the top of the chart during Friday’s opening practice, held in cool, drizzly conditions. Andretti Green’s Tony Kanaan took the checkered flag with a lap of 1:31.2734, 132.919 mph, seconds after being knocked off the top by Marlboro Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves,1:31.3527, 132.804 mph.

Defending race winner Scott Dixon, running black and blue colors on his Target Chip Ganassi Honda, was third with a quick lap of 132.307 mph late in the session. He and teammate Dan Wheldon also are running Panoz chassis on the historic 3.4-mile road circuit.

Hornish was fourth, 132.090 mph, followed by Andretti Green teammate Dario Franchitti , 132.061 mph, and Andretti, 131.235 mph. Last Sunday, Andretti passed his father, Michael Andretti, in the closing laps of the 90th Indy 500, only to lose the lead – and the race – to Hornish in the final two seconds.

Seventh was the fourth Andretti Green driver, Bryan Herta, 130.553 mph.

Rounding out the top 10 were Wheldon, 130.420; Dreyer & Reinbold substitute driver Ryan Briscoe, 130.174 mph; and Buddy Rice, 130.118.

Drivers scheduled to do double-duty in the IndyCar Series event and Saturday’s scheduled Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen– pending resolution of a legal dispute – are Briscoe and Eddie Cheever Jr. Briscoe is subbing for Buddy Lazier, Cheever, and will also race in the SunTrust Pontiac Riley with Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli. Cheever, who owns the Crown Royal Porsche Crawford Daytona Prototype, was 18th in 127.370 mph. Although his original plans were to run through Indy pending sponsorship, Cheever added the three June events at WGI, Texas and Richmond to his schedule.

The next scheduled Rolex Series practice is at 1:15 p.m., with the participation of the Daytona Prototypes pending appeal of a legal dispute. The IndyCar Series practices in two groups from 2-3:10 p.m., followed by the IndyPro Series. Rolex Series qualifying to set the field for Saturday’s race is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

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Auto Club 500

@ Auto Club Speedway
Saturday, October 19, 2013
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