Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta was super happy with this opening day of NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Tuesday. Herta topped the times in both sessions for the Honda powered team.
In the morning session, Herta set a fastest time of 01:48.7443s while in the afternoon session he set a time of 01:46.6258s and speaking following the action he said:
I’m super happy with how the day went.
“We did some great things to the car and I’m very happy with how the boys got everything together in time for this test,” he added. “Everyone did a fantastic job and there were no issues with the car; it was perfect. We kept chipping away and kept finding time. By the end of the day, we were quickest by quite a margin. I can’t wait for tomorrow now.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet for Team Penske ended the day in second place with a time of 01:47.1044s and speaking following the action the 2018 Indy 500 winner said:
We were trying to get it into a good (setup) window where you can make small adjustments on the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet. “We took some big swings at it today and (were) trying to understand when the tire comes in and how long it lasts, and what package we want to run. We wound up with a lot of big changes.
“I think the track is phenomenal. “It’s got every sort of corner you can dream of. I think all the drivers are going to love to keep coming here.
NTT IndyCar Series rookies Felix Rosenqvist of Chip Ganassi Racing and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Marcus Ericsson were extremely quick on day one with Rosenqvist ending the opening day in 11th place having been second fastest in the morning session.
Rosenqvist who was second fastest at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday ended the opening day of testing at the Circuit of the Americas in fourth place just ahead of his team mate and defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon.
Testing at the Circuit of the Americas continues tomorrow.