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Dixon leads Ganassi 1-2-3 in first IndyCar test of 2021

Six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon led his Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda teammates in today’s seven-car test at Sebring International Raceway.

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Dixon leads Ganassi 1-2-3 in first IndyCar test of 2021

The 40-year-old reigning champ, who has 50 IndyCar wins to his name, lapped the 1.7-mile course in 52.320sec, one-tenth faster than Marcus Ericsson (pictured above) who is about to embark on his third IndyCar season and his second with the legendary Ganassi team.

Less than half a tenth behind them was one of the team’s new recruits, series sophomore Alex Palou, who had previously tested with the squad at Barber Motorsports Park and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

A.J. Foyt Racing-Chevrolet’s Sebastien Bourdais, who ended last season on an upbeat note with fourth place at St. Petersburg and this year becomes a full-timer, was a little more than a quarter-second off Dixon’s pace. His teammate Dalton Kellett is was a further three-tenths in arrears, the pair separated by Max Chilton in the Carlin-Chevrolet.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson turned more laps than anyone else as he continues his brave effort to adapt to open-wheel racing. He ended the day just under 1.4sec from teammate Dixon’s pace.

Tomorrow will see Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta joining the action for Andretti Autosport-Honda, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato testing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda, and Jack Harvey in the cockpit of his Meyer Shank Racing-Honda.

 

RANK

CAR NO.

DRIVER

TEAM

ENGINE

FASTEST LAP

DIFF.

TOTAL LAPS

1

9

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

52.320

 

109

3

8

Marcus Ericsson

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

52.417

-0.097

127

2

10

Alex Palou

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

52.455

-0.135

121

4

14

Sebastien Bourdais

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Chevy

52.589

-0.269

116

5

59

Max Chilton

Carlin

Chevy

52.890

-0.570

139

6

4

Dalton Kellett

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Chevy

52.962

-0.642

135

7

48

Jimmie Johnson

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

53.691

-1.371

160

 

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