Schmidt Peterson Motorsports NTT IndyCar Series rookie Marcus Ericsson said it was good to be back behind the wheel of an IndyCar as he joined his team mate, the Mayor of HinchTown, James Hinchcliffe and other drivers at Sebring International Raceway on Tuesday for the first test of 2019.
The Swede completed 110 laps and was happy with how his day went.
Good to be back in the @SPMIndyCar today at Sebring! 110 laps done and lots of things learnt. Also great to see @IndyCar presenting a new title partner today in @NTTDATAServices 👏🏻💯 2019 will be awesome #ME7 #INDYCAR
Hinch ended the day fastest with a time of 51.37s and ended leading a Honda one, two, three with Andretti Autosport’s Zach Beach in second place and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in third.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda was fourth fastest just ahead of his team mate Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
Ed Carpenter Racing with Scuderia Corsa’s Ed Jones was sixth fastest just ahead of Felix Rosenqvist, the man who replaced him in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda.
Marcus Ericsson was eighth fastest for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot.
Marco Andretti was 10th fastest for Andretti Autosport while Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal rounded out the order in 11th place.