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Penske Drivers Lead IZOD IndyCar Pre-Season Test Pre-season testing for the IZOD IndyCar Series concluded Thursday at Barber Motorsports Park with the trio of Penske drivers -- Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe -- leading the field...

Penske Drivers Lead IZOD IndyCar Pre-Season Test

Pre-season testing for the IZOD IndyCar Series concluded Thursday at Barber Motorsports Park with the trio of Penske drivers -- Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe -- leading the field after two days of running on the 2.3-mile road course located near Birmingham, Alabama.

Temperatures in the mid-40s kept lap times about a second off those set in last year's open test here, which also was headed by Power, and three teams -- Dale Coyne Racing, Panther Racing and the new FAZZT organization -- all elected to test instead test Sebring, Florida.

But the competition among the 21 drivers taking part at Barber was fierce, with the first 14 cars covered by less than one second, and just 1.6 seconds between first and 19th in the field. The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series opens March 14 with the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Will Power (#12 Penske Racing Honda) quickest in testing: "The track got quicker and quicker as more rubber was laid down and as everyone pushed harder and harder. The team did a great job and a 1-2-3 result is a great start for the season ahead. But you can already see just how incredibly competitive this season will be. There's nothing between almost the entire field. It's going to be an incredible year."

Jack Spurney (General Manager, Honda Performance Development) on this week's pre-season test: "The IZOD IndyCar Series has gotten the 2010 season off to a great start with this week's test. Barber Motorsports Park is a beautiful circuit, and we had a nice-sized field of 21 drivers take part. Despite the cool weather on both days, the teams were able to get a lot of lap time in preparation for next month's season-opening race in Brazil. We're looking forward to returning here on April 11 for the race."

-source: honda racing

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