Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden got his year off to the perfect start as the American ended the opening day of the open Verizon IndyCar Series test at Phoenix International Raceway as the fastest driver.

Newgarden completed 38 laps with a fastest time of 19.3511s at a speed of 190.129mph ending the day just ahead of owner/driver Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Chevrolet.

Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was 3rd fastest ending the session just ahead of Josef Newgarden’s replacement at Ed Carpenter Racing JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Chevrolet. Hildebrand completed a total of 54 laps.

Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi was fifth fastest just ahead of Andretti Autosport team mate’s Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato.

Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais who topped the times early in the day ended the sesssion in eighth place just ahead of his team mate and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Ed Jones who completed 19 laps.

Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud, driving the No.1 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet rounded out the top ten.

Ryan Hunter Reay was 11th fastest in the No.28 DHL Honda. Scott Dixon in the plain white Chip Ganassi Racing Honda was 12th fastest ending the session just ahead of Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.

Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was 14th fastest just ahead of his team mate Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda was 16th fastest just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda. AJ Foyt Racing’s Carlos Munoz was 18th fastest just ahead of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver’s Mikhail Aleshin and James Hinchcliffe while Conor Daly rounded out the order in 21st following a unknown technical issue with his No.4 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet.

Testing continues on Saturday with the test open to the public.

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