Power on top on final day of Barber test

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Friday 26th February, 2010 - 4:29pm

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Will Power tops the times in pre-season IndyCar testing at Barber Motorsports Park in the #12 Verizon car of Team Penske

Will Power tops the times in pre-season IndyCar testing at Barber Motorsports Park in the #12 Verizon car of Team Penske

An Ausssie driver has topped the timesheets for the second consecutive day at the pre-season IZOD IndyCar Series test at Barber Motorsports Park, with Will Power the form driver in Alabama today.

Following Ryan Briscoe setting the fastest time on Wednesday, Power continued the Penske domination by setting the fastest time of the two day test aboard his #12 Verizon backed machine.

Power, Helio Castroneves and Briscoe locked out the top three spots on the overall timesheets, with Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Justin Wilson again the ‘best of the rest’.

“You can see how tough the championship is going to be,” said Power.

“There are so many good drivers and so many good cars and teams. I think it’s going to be a very exciting year. You’re going to have to really be on your game if you want to win.”

Briscoe agreed that the test went well for the Penske squad.

“The test went very smooth,” said Briscoe.

“We were able to work through a long list of testing points. It is real nice to see the Team Penske cars 1-2-3 at the end of the test.”

The day was delayed by cold weather and a large crash from 2009 champ Dario Franchitti. The car and barriers were heavily damaged but the Scot was uninjured.

Some notable results include the pace of new KV Racing Technology recruit and ex F1 driver Takuma Sato, who was again in the top 10 with the sixth fastest time.

It was a tough for the four-car Andretti Autosports squad, with Marco Andrett the only driver to crack the top 10, while Danica Patrick languished down the bottom of the times, outpaced by fellow female driver Simona de Silvestro, who is looking to crack the IndyCar Series after strong pace in the Atlantic Series over the last few seasons.

TESTING RESULTS – COMBINED TIMES

Pos No Driver Team Time Laps
1 12 Power, Will Team Penske 1:09.8724 103
2 3 Castroneves, Helio Team Penske 1:10.0084 117
3 6 Briscoe, Ryan Team Penske 1:10.0459 124
4 9 Dixon, Scott Target Chip Ganassi Racing 1:10.0594 112
5 22 Wilson, Justin Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:10.0869 78
6 5 Sato, Takuma KV Racing Technology 1:10.2070 141
7 24 Conway, Mike Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:10.2497 83
8 26 Andretti, Marco Andtretti Autosports 1:10.3956 106
9 06 Mutoh, Hideki Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing 1:10.4451 115
10 34 Romancini, Mario (R) Conquest Tacing 1:10.5487 132
11 32 Rossiter, James (R) KV Racing Technology 1:10.5700 109
12 11 Kanaan, Tony Andretti Autosports 1:10.6704 118
13 14 Meira, Vitor AJ Foyt Enterprises 1:10.6963 108
14 37 Hunter-Reay, Ryan Andretti Autosports 1:10.7123 90
15 8 Viso, EJ KV Racing Technology 1:10.9186 78
16 10 Franchitti, Dario Target Chip Ganassi Racing 1:11.1825 39
17 78 de Silvestro, Simona Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 1:11.3351 107
18 7 Patrick, Danica Andretti Autosports 1:11.5112 94
19 2 Matos, Raphael de Ferren Luzco Dragon Racing 1:11.5484 62
20 67 Howard, Jay (R) Sarah Fisher Racing 1:14.1883 37
21 67 Fisher, Sarah Sarah Fisher Racing 1:16.0138 64

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