One of the Verizon IndyCar Series brand new teams, Carlin Racing completed over 200 laps between their drivers Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton as the opening day of testing got underway at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
Charlie Kimball ended the day with the 15th fastest time of the day in the No.23 NovoNordisk Chevrolet and speaking following the session he said:
It was a great first day with the new car. It’s a brand new car to the team and a brand new car on the oval. It ran really well – no mechanical issues at all. We had a few electronic gremlins, but it sounds like a lot of people up and down pit lane were struggling with the same issues. The team has just been working flat out all day, especially on the electronics side, just trying to get the data where they need it and getting all the sensors where they need them. Mechanically we’ve got a little ways to go on the car, but we made progress and we learned a lot. From this afternoon to this evening we took a big step forward in competitiveness and speed. There’s still a ways to go, but I have a lot of confidence in everyone here at Carlin.
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet commented on his run by saying:
We have a lot to learn. I think it was a challenging day for everyone. There’s just a whole new way of driving to learn, especially for Carlin who has never run an Indy car on an oval. We made big progressions today, which is really nice to see and we got into the ballpark at the end of the day. I’m glad it’s a two-day test and we still have tomorrow to continue progressing. If we can make the same jumps tomorrow that we made today, we’ll be looking really good.