The Verizon IndyCar teams and drivers were back in action on Tuesday as they took to the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham Alabama just two days following the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
The entire IndyCar field with the exception of Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power were action during the test. Power is still recovering from his mild concussion.
The drivers got the opportunity to test the new aero kits that were introduced for the 2016 season. Speaking about the test, KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais who retired from the opening race in St Pete commented by saying:
“We didn’t run much this morning because we didn’t want to fool ourselves with cool track and ambient temperatures, Qualifying and the race are usually held in the middle of the day, so we’ve planned the bulk of our running then to be as fair to ourselves as we can.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Jack Hawksworth commented saying:
Barber is one of the toughest places we come from an engineering standpoint and a driver’s standpoint, We usually come here in the winter when it’s cold and then when we race it’s warm, so it invalidates what we learned, so to be here when it’s warm is very beneficial. This place changes from day to day, run to run so it’s difficult to get a fair back to back comparison, but it’s invaluable to be able to run in race-like conditions.