Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves lead the way in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet on the opening day of Verizon IndyCar Series testing at the Phoenix International Raceway. Castroneves completed 48 laps ending the day just ahead of his Penske team mate Will Power.
Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet was third fastest completing 77 laps the most of any driver on the opening day with a fastest time of 19.6810s.
Juan Pablo Montoya was fourth fastest in the No.2 Team Penske Chevrolet completing 35 laps and ending the day just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda.
Simon Pagenaud who it was confirmed yesterday will carry Hewlett Packard a as primary sponsor for five races this season was sixth fastest in the No.22 Penske Chevrolet completing 70 laps and ending the day just ahead of the No,27 Snapple Honda of Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti who completed 49 laps.
Defending Series champion, Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet was eighth fastest completing 46 laps and ending the day just ahead of Ed Carpenter in the No.20.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet rounded out the top ten completing 41 laps.
Gabby Chaves who is filling in for Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda entry was 11th fastest for the team completing 47 laps and ending the day just ahead of Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet.
Ryan Hunter Reay was 13th fastest in Andretti Autosport’s No.28 DHL Honda machine completing 54 laps and ending up just ahead of IndyCar rookie Max Chilton in the No.8 Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet. The Englishman completed 48 laps with a fastest time of 20.2709s.
The No.5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of James Hinchcliffe was 14th fastest with the Canadian completed 40 laps and had a fastest time of 20.2938s.
Takuma Sato in the No.14 ABC Supply Co AJ Foyt Enterprises Honda was 16th fastest ending the day just ahead of the No.26 Andretti Autosport of Carlos Munoz.
Sebastian Bourdais ended the opening test in 18th place ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly. Daly completed 50 laps and ended the day just ahead of Luca Filippi who in turn ended the test just ahead of the No.41 of Jack Hawksworh who rounded out the order for AJ Foyt Enterprises.
Testing continues at Phoenix tomorrow.