Day two of preseason testing at Barber Motorsports Park went much smoother than the day before. There weren’t any major crashes or injuries, and there were more total laps put down by the drivers. The teams and drivers were able to get a better handle on the new aero kits, which have given them significantly more downforce, and allow for deeper braking in the corners. In all, there were 23 drivers that turned 2832 combined laps during the two-day test at Barber.
Will Power was the fastest in the first session on Tuesday, which featured 21 drivers combining for 680 laps. Behind Power were the KV Racing duo of Stefano Coletti and Sebastien Bourdais. Coletti has been turning heads this week, as he has been at the top of the charts in every session. Five of the top six, and seven of the top ten cars in the first session on Tuesday were all powered by Chevrolet.
Scott Dixon was quickest in the second session, followed by three Penske drivers in Power, Helio Castroneves, and Simon Pagenaud. Chevrolet again had seven cars in the top ten. Session two featured 22 drivers with the addition of Francesco Dracone.
Power had the overall fastest time of the day, with a time of 1:07.3118 seconds. This was also the quickest time over the two-day testing period, nearly two tenths of a second quicker than Monday’s fastest time. Click here to see the full combined results from Tuesday’s test.
Ganassi driver Sage Karam did not test today, after his scary accident yesterday. The car was in Indianapolis today, and was being repaired and prepared for their upcoming test at NOLA next week. Karam has a broken bone in his right hand, but should be able to test next week, and should be fine for the race in St Petersburg next weekend.
Curt Cavin has the full story on Karam’s situation.
Take a lap around Barber with James Hinchcliffe, courtesy of IndyCar.
Andretti Autosport posted this short video of Ryan Hunter-Reay leaving pit lane.
Below is a collection of photos from Tuesday, courtesy of IndyCar.
Scott Dixon: “We spent the morning really chasing the changing track conditions today. The track was a lot hotter today compared to yesterday and we had to adjust to that with the Target car. There are so many variables with the new aero kits as well. We worked a lot on aero and tried to do as many things as we could with the tire allotment we were given here. Overall I think it was a good test for the Target team and I’m looking forward to coming back for the race here next month.”
Tony Kanaan: “I’m happy with our testing here at Barber and all the data we were able to get from multiple cars testing multiple things. We tried some things throughout today that worked and we tried some things that didn’t work, but the things that didn’t work are just as important as the ones that do. I can’t complain at all about the Chevy aero kits and how they’re performing on-track, and I’m looking forward to get back to NOLA next week and then onto the season opener in St. Pete.”
Luca Filippi: “Today we have tried many different setups. At the end we found something that I liked very much, so I was very confident with the car and was able to push and to have some consistent laps. The position on the timing sheet isn’t great because we found the setup I liked just a little too late. We came here to learn the car, it was the first time for me with the new aero kit. I had to learn the circuit, which I have to say is a very tricky circuit. It took a while to understand everything, but now we can say we are ready for the road courses.”
Graham Rahal: “It’s nice to finish in the top five here, which has been a place we have struggled at before. We’ve got a little work to do for sure though, but I’m pleased with our result because a lot of the guys had a lot more tires than us at the end. They just kept running new tires and we had one shot at it and to do a 1:07.62 felt nice. It should have had a five in it but that would have been about it. I’m proud of these guys. Today our objective was to try a ton of stuff as learn as much as we could about the aero and I think they’ve done a heck of a job. We test at Sebring on Monday and Tuesday and its going to be an interesting animal with the fact that it’s going to be pretty grippy after the 12 hour race, but at the end of the day I’m just looking forward to turning some laps. It’s going to be good for the durability of these cars, to test how it shakes, rattles, where any weak points are and all of that sort of stuff. At the end of the day, we’ve got to just trying to turn laps in these things and test them and Sebring’s next up.”
Below you can access the four test session times, along with the final combined results.
Teams will test again next week, at three different venues over the course of three days.
IndyCar Testing March 23-25
- Sebring International Raceway: Penske (Power, Castroneves, Montoya, Pagenaud), SPM (Hinchcliffe, Jakes), CFHR (Newgarden, Filippi), AJ Foyt (Sato, Hawksworth), KV (Bourdais, Coletti), and RLL (Rahal). Simona de Silvestro will also do some testing with AA.
- NOLA Motorsports Park: Ganassi (Dixon, Kanaan, Kimball, Karam), BHA (Chaves), and Dale Coyne (Huertas, Dracone).
- Texas Motor Speedway: Andretti Autosport (Honda Speedway Aero Package)
The season-opening race is at St Petersburg on March 29.