Montoya fastest with new Chev bodykit

The new Chevrolet super speedway bodykit was unveiled ahead of Juan Montoya topping the times in a test at Indianapolis

The new Chevrolet super speedway bodykit was unveiled ahead of Juan Montoya topping the times in a test at Indianapolis

Chevrolet’s new super speedway oval package has seen Penske gun Juan Montoya turn the fastest lap in maiden tests at Indianapolis.

Ahead of opening practice for the May 24 Indy 500 starting today week, the new-for-2015 high speed oval bodykits from Honda and Chevrolet were put through their paces at the 4km oval.

Montoya, who won the Indy 500 in 2000 before embarking respective F1 and NASCAR careers, topped the speeds at 226.772mph (364.873km/h).

The speeds have risen markedly with the lower downforce kits with 21 of the 27 drivers eclipsing opening day practice of 223.057mph (358.975km/h) set by Will Power last year.

Second fastest in the tests was Helio Castroneves ahead of Marco Andretti, the fastest Honda-powered driver.

Chip Ganassi flyer Scott Dixon was fourth and Simon Pagenaud was fifth and the third Penske driver in the top five.

Will Power was 14th fastest after turning a total of 93 laps for the day.

Honda and Chevrolet-powered teams can assess multiple options with their new bodykits during practice and qualifying ahead of the Indy 500.

The big build-up to the 200-lap race at The Brickyard will come immediately after the next round of the series at the Indianapolis road course this weekend.

See below for full test times and speeds

1

Juan Pablo Montoya

Penske/Chevy

39.6874s

226.772mph

2

Helio Castroneves

Penske/Chevy

39.7407

226.468

3

Marco Andretti    

Andretti/Honda

39.7759

226.268

4

Scott Dixon       

Ganassi/Chevy

39.8440

225.881

5

Simon Pageanud    

Penske/Chevy

39.8864

225.641

6

Takuma Sato       

Foyt/Honda    

39.8987

225.571

7

Simona de Silvestr

Andretti/Honda

39.9438

225.317

8

Ed Carpenter      

CFH/Chevy     

39.9544

225.257

9

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti/Honda

39.9631

225.208

10

Sage Karam        

Ganassi/Chevy

40.0122

224.931

11

Carlos Munoz      

Andretti/Honda

40.0237

224.867

12

Tony Kanaan       

Ganassi/Chevy

40.0305

224.829

13

Gabby Chaves      

Herta/Honda   

40.0502

224.718

14

Will Power        

Penske/Chevy

40.0605

224.660

15

Justin Wilson     

Andretti/Honda

40.1276

224.285

16

Pippa Mann        

Coyne/Honda   

40.1991

223.886

17

Josef Newgarden   

CFH/Chevy     

40.2083

223.834

18

Oriol Servia      

Rahal/Honda   

40.2355

223.683

19

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt/Honda

40.2544

223.578

20

Conor Daly        

Schmidt/Honda

40.3066

223.288

21

James Jakes       

Schmidt/Honda

40.3242

223.191

22

Charlie Kimball   

Ganassi/Chevy

40.4154

222.687

23

Sebastien Bourdais

KV/Chevy      

40.4257

222.631

24

Jack Hawksworth   

Foyt/Honda    

40.4305

222.604

25

Graham Rahal      

Rahal/Honda   

40.5929

221.714

26

Davey Hamilton    

DRR/Chevy     

40.9166

219.960

27

Bryan Clauson     

Byrd’s/Chevy

41.1927

218.485

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