Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon ended the open Verizon IndyCar Series test at Texas Motor Speedway as the fastest driver, topping the times in both the morning and afternoon session.
Dixon, driving his team mate Charlie Kimball’s No.83 Tresiba Honda as his No.9 Honda was forced out of the test over engine mileage fears set a combined 00:23.3541s which came in the second session and completed a total of 107 laps and speaking following the test, the four time Verizon IndyCar Series champion said:
It is hard coming to a place for the first time. “It is probably 20 degrees cooler than when we come back down the road, so you try to take in a lot of information and make the best decisions for something that will work for everyone.
Dixon ended the day just ahead of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal who completed 150 laps of the repaved and re-profiled Texas Motor Speedway.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud completed the most number of laps at 214 in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet for Team Penske ending the day with the third fastest combined time.
Helio Castroneves ended the session in fourth place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was sixth fastest just ahead of his team mate Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum Chevrolet. Takuma Sato was 8th fastest in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda completing 111 laps over the course of the day while the Verizon IndyCar Series only owner/driver Ed Carpenter ended the test with the ninth fastest time.
Conor Daly rounded out the combined top ten in the No.4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing ended up just ahead of his team mate Carlos Munoz in the No.14 Chevrolet.
Spencer Pigot driving the No.21 Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing ended the day with the 12th combined fastest time just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, while Gabby Chaves in the No.88 Chevrolet for the new Harding Racing team who will compete in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil rounded out the order in 14th place on the combined time-sheet completing 49 laps.