Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet ended the opening day of the pre-season test in Phoenix as the fastest Chevrolet powered car, ending the session in third place.
Speaking following the opening day of action, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion commented by saying:
It’s awesome to be back at an oval, especially here for me, since my first oval win was at Phoenix last year. I just love the new package with this car. It’s quite a bit different, but that’s the kind of day I love. It’s when you have to work really hard with the engineer to figure it out and understand what does what. We got some good understanding today. We have a bit of homework ahead of us. So now we need to recoup and recap what happened today and understand the package. Overall, it’s a good start. They’re doing a good job with Chevy and I had a blast tonight.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet ended the session in fourth place and speaking following the session, the Tennessee native commented by saying:
It was an OK day. It’s good to get back. It’s fun driving the Hitachi car officially today in an official session. We have a little bit of work to do and I feel like we got off to a good start. We’ll try and debrief tonight with everyone and see what we can do for tomorrow and make some more progress. Then we’ll come back here in April and we’ll be ready to rock
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet ended the day with the 11th fastest combined time and speaking following the session the Australian commented by saying:
Not bad. We ran through a lot of different stuff, and we got to do a full-tank run, and running in some traffic. We’re making some progress with the new car.