Dale Coyne Racing had a strong second day at the open Verizon IndyCar Series test at ISM Raceway in Phoenix on Saturday.
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda completed 240 laps of the ISM Raceway and ended the day with the 11th fastest time with a 19.5746s and speaking following the session the Frenchman commented by saying:
We definitely made some improvement to the SealMaster Honda car. I was quite a bit more comfortable on new tires. We still had work to do tonight to see how it was going to be on long runs, but I think everybody is struggling with the same thing as far as tire degradation. It’s just very low downforce and that is going to dictate how much degradation you get. At least we got some performance out of one lap. We still have a little bit of room to go and I can do a little better on my own, but we are heading in the right direction.
Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Pierto Fittipaldi, the 19 year old grandson of two time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi completed 285 laps on day two of the test at ISM in the No.19 Paysafe Honda.
The Brazilian ended the day with the 15th combined fastest time of the day. Speaking following the session he commented by saying:
I’m gaining more experience with each day. Like yesterday, the team is doing a good job and helping me get up to speed. We’re trying different things on the No. 19 Paysafe car so I can experience them and see what the changes do on the oval, especially on the longer runs when you have used tires to simulate a race run, and we also ran a bit in traffic. I think we made a good step forward in this session and I was happy with my progression over the three days of being in the car. I can’t wait to be back here in Phoenix in April.