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Testing report

Dixon tops Sebring IndyCar test as Ganassi-Hondas dominate

Scott Dixon led his three Chip Ganassi Racing teammates in a 1-2-3-4 in the final IndyCar test of the off-season, giving the team a boost as it switches from Chevrolet to Honda.

Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Sebring times traditionally mean little, especially with most teams being cautious in revealing when they were running a qualifying lap simulation. However, Dixon’s lap time and the fact that his teammates were next fastest at least suggests Ganassi has made considerable progress in learning the Honda aerokit, as it returns to the HPD ranks for the first time since 2013.

2014 champ Will Power narrowly edged his reigning champion teammate Simon Pagenaud, with Helio Castroneves turning 86 laps, the most of anyone today.

By doleful contrast, Castroneves’ newest teammate Josef Newgarden was feeling unwell and could only complete 18 laps, so did well in that context.

Ed Jones lost over two hours of track time as the team searched for an electrical gremlin, and was not accompanied by his teammate, as Sebastien Bourdais completed a test day earlier this month.

Meanwhile Mikhail Aleshin, in an IndyCar on a road course for the first time since last year’s season finale at Sonoma, did an impressive job to draw within 0.03sec of teammate James Hinchcliffe.

Andretti Autosport-Honda will test tomorrow, along with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' test of IMSA ace Pipo Derani and AutoGP champion Luis Michael Dorrbecker.

1. Scott Dixon               Ganassi-Honda                                   51.13
2. Charlie Kimball        Ganassi-Honda                                   51.42
3. Max Chilton              Ganassi-Honda                                   51.56
4. Tony Kanaan            Ganassi-Honda                                    51.75
5. Will Power                 Penske-Chevrolet                               51.75
6. Simon Pagenaud     Penske-Chevrolet                               51.77
7. Helio Castroneves   Penske-Chevrolet                               51.79
8. Josef Newgarden     Penske-Chevrolet                               51.93
9. Carlos Munoz           AJ Foyt-Chevrolet                               51.97
10. Conor Daly              AJ Foyt-Chevrolet                               51.99
11. James Hinchcliffe  Schmidt Peterson-Honda                 52.01
12. Mikhail Aleshin      Schmidt Peterson-Honda                 52.04
13. Spencer Pigot        Ed Carpenter-Chevrolet                     52.07
14. Graham Rahal       Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda    52.13
15. JR Hildebrand        EdCarpenter-Chevrolet                      52.28
16. Ed Jones                  Dale Coyne-Honda                              52.36

 

 

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