Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was the fastest driver as NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training wrapped up at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.
The Australian set a fastest time of 01:46.7603s and speaking following the session he said:
“It always feels great, you know. “It’s good for all my guys to see we have the pace. We went through as many items as we could. Obviously, it was very rushed at the end there with red flags and everything, so didn’t get everything done, but kind of some of the big stuff that we needed to know, we understand.”
Alexander Rossi in the No.27 AutoNation NAPA KnowHow Honda for Andretti Autosport was second fastest with a time of 01:46.9999s and speaking following the action the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner said:
“It was obviously great to finally get back on track. “It’s been a long offseason. The waiting around for weather was hard, but I think the team did a good job. We got through a lot of our run plan with no dramas, despite the delays.
Rossi went on to say:
“The Aeroscreen was tentatively less dramatic than everyone was expecting it to be, and didn’t have any real issues until some slight, reflection issues at the end which we should be able to rectify. So that was positive. We worked through a good test list and found a pretty decent place in adapting the car with the 2020 needs within a half day. Generally, pretty happy.”
It was a great day for Virgin Australia Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin who ended the day in third place in the No.2 Team Penske Chevrolet with a time of 01:47.2630s ending the day just ahead of his team mate and defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet who set a time of 01:47.2750s.
Colton Herta in the No.88 Capstone Turbines Honda for Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport ended the day in 01:47.3672s just ahead of defending Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet with a time of 01:47.5568s.
Arrow McLaren SP’s Oliver Askew had a great day ending the session in seventh place.
Five time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing was eight fastest with a time of 01:47.6921s.
Alex Palou on his debut for Dale Coyne Racing was extremely impressive ending the second day in ninth place and speaking following the action he said:
“It was a really good test at Circuit of the Americas today. It was a bit of a shame that the weather prevented us to run yesterday and this morning, so the afternoon was busy. “It was a lot of fun. We tested a lot of stuff and we learned a lot. I also got confident with the car and the team. It was a very productive test. I think it’s the start of a good year. (About driving with the aeroscreen) I think it’s really good. I expected the visibility to be worse but no, it was perfectly fine.”
Arrow McLaren SP’s Patrico O’Ward rounded out the top ten with a time of 01:47.7151s.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing was 11th just ahead of Marco Andretti and Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda.
Ryan Hunter Reay was 14th in the No.28 DHL Honda just ahead of Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet for Carlin.
Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda was 16th just ahead of Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda.
Rinus Veekay in the No.21 Sonax/Autogeek.com Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing was 18th just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda.
Santino Ferrucci in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing was 20th just ahead of Sergio Carama Sette and Takuma Sato.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Charlie Kimball and team mate Sebastien Bourdais were 23rd and 24th respectively while Conor Daly, Felipe Nasr and Dalton Kellett rounded out the order.