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Power tops pre-season IndyCar test at COTA

Simon Chapman

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Thursday 13th February, 2020 - 12:12pm

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Will Power has topped the timesheets in the IndyCar Series official pre-season test at Circuit of the Americas.

The series veteran recorded a 1:46.7603 for Team Penske as one of two drivers to go under the 1:47s bracket.

“It always feels great for all my guys to see we have the pace,” said Power.

“We definitely went through as many items as we could. Obviously it’s very rushed there at the end with all the Red Flags and everything.

“We didn’t get everything done but got some of the big stuff we needed to know.”

It’s the first time the full field has tested together with the new aeroscreen that will make it’s racing debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in mid-March.

Power said he definitely noticed a difference between the old and new iterations of the Dallara IR-18.

“There’s definitely a lot more weight up high and forward. You’ve got to work out what makes the car work well with that.

“It’s still early days. You’ll go through the whole season changing and switching and trying to work it out. I think we’re in a good window right now.”

Power’s time was only six tenths away from his pole position effort at the same circuit in 2019, which was set on the softer compound tyre. Teams were only able to use the hard compound tyre for the test.

Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi was second quickest with a 1:46.9999, which put him 0.2396s adrift of the top spot.

As previously reported, Scott McLaughlin was third overall on a 1:47.2630 in the second of the Team Penske entries.

Fellow stablemate and 2019 champion Josef Newgarden was fourth overall ahead of IndyCar Series sophomore Colton Herta of Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport.

Simon Pagenaud’s sixth place effort ensured that all four Team Penske entries were at the pointy end of the field.

Series debutant Oliver Askew was seventh for the newly named Arrow McLaren SP outfit.

Five-time series champion Scott Dixon was the leading Chip Ganassi Racing entry. This year the team expands to a three-car operation with Felix Rosenqvist joined by fellow Swede Marcus Ericsson. They finished 11th and 19th respectively.

Another newcomer, Alex Palou, was ninth fastest for Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh. The livery he will run this year pays tribute to the iconic Team Lark pink and black McLaren F1.

Askew’s Arrow McLaren SP teammate Patricio O’Ward completed the top 10 , which was covered by less than a second.

The final stanza of the day was expected to bring quicker times, but Red Flag periods caused by Herta and O’Ward meant much of that running was interrupted.

NTT IndyCar Series, COTA Open Test

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap FL Laps FSpeed Engine Team
1 12 Will Power 1:46.760 –.—- –.—- 49 57 114.987 Chevy Team Penske
2 27 Alexander Rossi 1:47.000 0.2396 0.2396 46 49 114.729 Honda Andretti Autosport
3 2 Scott McLaughlin 1:47.263 0.5027 0.2631 58 62 114.448 Chevy Team Penske
4 1 Josef Newgarden 1:47.275 0.5147 0.0120 50 53 114.435 Chevy Team Penske
5 88 Colton Herta 1:47.367 0.6069 0.0922 38 43 114.337 Honda Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport
6 22 Simon Pagenaud 1:47.557 0.7965 0.1896 62 66 114.135 Chevy Team Penske
7 7 Oliver Askew 1:47.561 0.8008 0.0043 72 76 114.130 Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
8 9 Scott Dixon 1:47.692 0.9318 0.1310 46 52 113.992 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
9 55 Alex Palou 1:47.707 0.9467 0.0149 57 60 113.976 Honda Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh
10 5 Pato O’Ward 1:47.715 0.9548 0.0081 66 67 113.967 Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
11 10 Felix Rosenqvist 1:47.780 1.0193 0.0645 55 59 113.899 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
12 98 Marco Andretti 1:47.838 1.0782 0.0589 48 57 113.837 Honda Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian
13 60 Jack Harvey 1:47.890 1.1299 0.0517 52 61 113.782 Honda Meyer Shank Racing
14 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:47.891 1.1311 0.0012 47 51 113.781 Honda Andretti Autosport
15 59 Max Chilton 1:47.963 1.2025 0.0714 63 72 113.706 Chevy Carlin
16 15 Graham Rahal 1:47.987 1.2267 0.0242 46 51 113.680 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
17 26 Zach Veach 1:48.005 1.2451 0.0184 46 59 113.661 Honda Andretti Autosport
18 21 Rinus VeeKay 1:48.220 1.4595 0.2144 75 82 113.436 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
19 8 Marcus Ericsson 1:48.306 1.5462 0.0867 49 65 113.345 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
20 18 Santino Ferrucci 1:48.364 1.6037 0.0575 44 52 113.285 Honda Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan
21 31 Sergio Sette Camara 1:48.471 1.7104 0.1067 26 28 113.173 Chevy Carlin
22 30 Takuma Sato 1:48.690 1.9293 0.2189 36 40 112.945 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
23 4 Charlie Kimball 1:48.692 1.9322 0.0029 44 52 112.942 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
24 14 Sebastien Bourdais 1:48.836 2.0758 0.1436 34 35 112.793 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
25 20 Conor Daly 1:49.078 2.3178 0.2420 47 62 112.543 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
26 31 Felipe Nasr 1:50.768 4.0080 1.6902 47 49 110.826 Chevy Carlin
27 14 Dalton Kellett 1:50.994 4.2340 0.2260 17 20 110.600 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises

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