The Penske team has taken a clean sweep of the two-day test at the Barber Motorsport Park, with Hélio Castroneves following on from his team-mate Will Power’s efforts the day before by going quickest overall on the second day’s running.
The Brazilian eased out his team-mate Power by just two-hundredths of a second, while the third Penske of Ryan Briscoe was fourth-quickest.
Splitting the Australian drivers was Scott Dixon, with the Ganassi driver lapping fractionally quicker than Briscoe. The Newman/Haas entry of the currently out-of-contract Oriol Servià was fifth-fastest, with the Catalan doing his chances of securing a full-time drive no harm at all.
The schedule for the second day underwent a minor change after overnight rain, but the day’s two sessions were run in dry conditions, with Power lapping quickest in the morning, while Castroneves – who also had a spin – was fastest in the afternoon.
Former F1 racer Takuma Sato improved on his first day’s efforts to finish sixth-fastest in a specially-liveried car to honour the Japanese earthquake victims, with the KV Racing driver splitting the Newman/Haas entries, finishing one spot faster than James Hinchcliffe.
Marco Andretti also improved to finish eighth-fastest and the quickest of the Andretti Autosports entries, with team-mates Ryan Hunter-Reay (10th), Danica Patrick (13th) and Mike Conway (16th) not too far behind, although Conway ended his day early with a crash.
Dario Franchitti, however, had another off-the-pace day, struggling to get a set-up together and finishing down the order in 11th, almost a second slower than the two leading Penskes.
Barber Motorsport Park Pre-Season Test (Day 1 & 2) Lap Times:
|1.||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||1:11.9434|
|2.||Will Power||Team Penske||+ 0.0202|
|3.||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||+ 0.3381|
|4.||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||+ 0.3520|
|5.||Oriol Servià||Newman/Haas Racing||+ 0.4160|
|6.||Takuma Sato||KV Racing Technology Lotus||+ 0.5308|
|7.||James Hinchcliffe||Newman/Haas Racing||+ 0.5766|
|8.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||+ 0.5821|
|9.||Justin Wilson||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||+ 0.7357|
|10.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||+ 0.8315|
|11.||Dario Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi||+ 0.9013|
|12.||Alex Tagliani||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||+ 0.9099|
|13.||Danica Patrick||Andretti Autosport||+ 1.0204|
|14.||Graham Rahal||Service Central Chip Ganassi||+ 1.0370|
|15.||EJ Viso||KV Racing Technology Lotus||+ 1.0736|
|16.||Mike Conway||Andretti Autosport||+ 1.0904|
|17.||Vitor Meira||AJ Foyt Enterprises||+ 1.1717|
|18.||Simona di Silvestro||HVM Racing||+ 1.3237|
|19.||Sébastien Bourdais||Dale Coyne Racing||+ 1.3470|
|20.||Charlie Kimball||Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi||+ 1.3917|
|21.||James Jakes||Dale Coyne Racing||+ 1.4889|
|22.||Sebastian Saavedra||Conquest Racing||+ 1.7069|
|23.||Ana Beatriz||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||+ 1.9997|
|24.||JR Hildebrand||Panther Racing||+ 2.6100|
[Original image via IZOD IndyCar Series]