(WATKINS GLEN, NY) – Sebastien Bourdais led about half of the Saturday morning practice at Watkins Glen for the Verizon IndyCar Series. This is his second weekend back with the series since his accident in the month of May. He finished P10 at Gateway Motorsports Park in the No. 18 GEICO Dale Coyne Racing Honda and looks to make a strong appearance in Round 16 as well.
The Frenchman ended up P5 when all was said and done with the session and will now look forward to knockout qualifying this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.. You can watch qualifying on livestream here and on NBCSN tonight at 7:00 p.m.
The driver who ended up leading the practice session overall was the familiar Scott Dixon in the No. 9 NTT Data Ganassi Honda. Watkins Glen fits Dixon’s driving style like a glove. Neither differing tire compounds nor unexpected weather can throw him off here.
Running second in the points standings and 2 races away from potentially, a fifth series championship, might make some drivers anxious or desperate, but not the Iceman. Dixon takes it all in stride. Maybe that’s the key to his numerous accomplishments and impressive Indy car career.
The last driver to accomplish a fifth championship was the great A.J. Foyt in 1967. Foyt then went on to capture titles 6 and 7 in 1975 and 1979 – crowning him the champion of champions. No one has ever won 5, 6, let alone 7 championships other than Foyt, so Dixon would not only be in the company of racing royalty, he would become racing royalty.
Just in case you needed a reason to root for the Kiwi… now you have one.