Dixon, Power top tight Grand Prix practice chart

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – With the Grand Prix of Indy on Saturday, the drivers practiced twice Thursday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Scott Dixon and Will Power topped the practice chart this afternoon, but there’s not much distance separating the top five.  Each driver in the fast five is within a tenth of a second of one another.

“When you’re fighting for 100th’s of a second, it gets pretty tough out there,” Dixon said after clocking in at 125.743 miles per hour in practice two.  “We’ll do our best and I think the Target car right now is comfortable.”

Will Power was right behind Dixon with a speed of 125.624 MPH in practice session number one.

“This is so tight right now, it’s crazy,” Power said.  “But that’s IndyCar.  There’s no one in the field that’s a bad driver.  They’re all capable of pole and winning races in the right car and the right conditions, that’s the way it is and that’s the way I like it.”

Points leader Simon Pagenaud came in third recording a speed of 125.453 MPH.  Pagenaud’s lap time was slightly faster than Graham Rahal’s who came in fourth at 125.453 MPH.  Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the fast five coming in at fifth at 125.444 MPH.

With little wiggle room between the field of drivers, Josef Newgarden who came in seventh at practice today, knows there’s a very small margin for error.

“For us it’s all about getting a perfect lap,” Newgarden said after turning a lap at 125.302 MPH, less than a tenth of a second behind Mikhail Aleshin in sixth.

“If we’re a little off, two tenths here or two tenths there, that’s going to put you in the back of the field.  The field is separated by less than a second, that’s pretty nuts in motorsports terms.”

Tomorrow the drivers practice at 11 a.m. at the Speedway, with qualifications happening at 3 p.m.

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