Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves said it was a great day as the Brazilian returned to his No.3 Chevrolet, the Pennzoil sponsored yellow submarine as preparations got underway for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The three time Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
Great day today to be back at Indianapolis. To be back in an Indy car – my Pennzoil Chevy – plus the new car. What a day. We ran a lot and felt we started to build a foundation to new setups. We will regroup and look at what my teammates did and comeback with an even better plan to achieve the big dream of (Indianapolis 500 win) No. 4.
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet had a productive day as following the day of testing he trialled the IndyCar aeroscreen.
Speaking about the test, the current points leader said:
(About the windscreen test he completed at the end of the day):”It was fascinating. It was totally different for an open-wheel car. You’re not used to having a windscreen that big in front of you, but it was interesting to try it out. The most interesting thing to me was the visor changes (on his helmet). Going from a fully-smoke visor to a clear visor was better. It helped with the visibility and the clarity. There’s small improvements to be made, especially with the clarity with the visors and the perception to see through it. It was easy to make it work, I didn’t have any major issues with it, and I think INDYCAR did a nice job.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet commented on his day saying:
“Always such a pleasure to drive here. Having the opportunity to be one of those drivers to hit the track 240 mph, it’s pretty cool. We did a lot of work today. It was really a good day of testing. Great day, great conditions for testing, as well. Universal aero kit is quite different. It behaves quite a bit different to what we’ve been used to the last few years. But overall, it’s quite decent. The car is very stable. It sucks up pretty well on the straightaway. I think the racing is going to be interesting. You can see the times. Makes a big difference, too. Overall, I think it’s still early days to tell how your car is going to behave in traffic. We’re just scratching the surface at the moment with what we need to go out and try to win the race. Very good first impression. Like I say, we didn’t made a lot of different changes. We had something quite radically different this afternoon than this morning. We’re going to go back to the shop and study all that with the engineers and try to figure out the sensitivity of the car. That’s the biggest key.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was happy with his day at the Speedway saying:
(Testing was) good. It is definitely different, and we went through a lot of changes today, but it feels the same when you get the balance right. Pretty productive day for the Verizon Chevy team with all four cars trying things. So now, we have to go digest the data and see what works best. With four cars, you focus on your own car and keep working until you find what works best and what you struggle with. Then you go to the engineering trailer and get all the data from all four cars and what worked and what didn’t. That is why multiple cars work so well.“
Team owner Roger Penske said during the test that it is great to have ‘the spark’ that is Helio Castroneves back in the IndyCar programme for the month of May.
Penske said that on Monday the team had four different set ups on their cars and that there is complete transparency within the team.