Final IndyCar GP warmup slowed by smoke, geese

Final IndyCar GP warmup slowed by smoke, geese
Will Power, of Australia, celebrates after winning the pole for the IndyCar Grand Prix auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The final warmup session for the IndyCar Grand Prix was stopped twice because of smoke from an engine and geese.

Scott Dixon posted the fastest lap of the session. He completed the 2.439-mile, 14-turn course in 1 minute, 10.8157 seconds. Pole winner Will Power was second at 1:10.8371.

The first red flag waved when smoke started billowing from the back of Marco Andretti’s No. 98 car. A few minutes after practice resumed, the action was stopped when geese appeared in the 12th turn.

Three -time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves was forced to sit out the final five minutes because he took the checkered flag twice in the second of three qualifying rounds Friday.

The race will be held Saturday afternoon.


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