The five fastest drivers during the Verizon IndyCar series’ open test at Barber Motorsports Park yesterday were all in Chevrolet cars, possibly foreshadowing the strength of Chevy’s new aero kit over Honda’s.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon topped the leaderboard Monday, followed by Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. Dixon posted a time of 1m07.7456, beating out the next fastest Honda driver, Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, by nearly four tenths of a second.
Team Penske was the standout team during the pre-season dress rehearsals, with all four of its cars in the top five. The start of the Verion IndyCar season is just a couple of weeks away, so its important teams have it together during open testing.
“You feel when you’re in the car that every lap is critical because you’re one step closer to the season beginning,” Hunter-Reay told Autosport.
The tests, which are also serving as the proving ground for IndyCar’s new LED position display, continue today before teams will switch to private tests at both Sebring and NOLA. It should be interesting to see how the teams have fine-tuned their new aero kits to gain an advantage over the competition when the green flag flys in St. Petersburg on March 29.