Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud described his No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet as phenomenal following the opening day of track action ahead of Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.
The Frenchman topped the times and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
The car has been phenomenal all day. “I feel very comfortable. It’s great to be back in Toronto. This track is so much fun to drive on because it’s different to other tracks.
“Here it’s very low grip; you slide around in the corners. The tarmac changes throughout the corner and it’s giving you a great challenge. I really enjoy that, I really do. Every corner’s different and you need to change your driving corner to corner. It’s not boring, I can tell you that.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet who won this race last year ended day one as the second fastest driver overall with a 01:00.4844s and speaking following his opening day in the car the Australian commented by saying:
It’s a tough track to get the balance right. “The grip levels are so difficult all the way around. You’ve got some bumpy areas with no grip and bumpy areas with grip, then completely smooth areas. Turn 9 goes from a lot of grip to absolutely nothing. It’s something else. Very tough to get it all right.
Having set the pace in the opening session this morning, Iowa winner, Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet set the fifth fastest time in the afternoon. Josef Newgarden in the No.2 DevilBiss Chevrolet ended the day in seventh place.