Ryan Briscoe Heads Road Course Testing Near perfect conditions Thursday at Sebring International Raceway saw IndyCar Series returnee Ryan Briscoe and his Team Penske partner Helio Castroneves topping the timesheets after four...
Ryan Briscoe Heads Road Course Testing
Near perfect conditions Thursday at Sebring International Raceway saw IndyCar Series returnee Ryan Briscoe and his Team Penske partner Helio Castroneves topping the timesheets after four days of pre-season road course testing this as IndyCar drivers and teams continued preparations for the 2008 season. Nine drivers took part in a two-day session on the 1.66-mile Sebring test circuit on Monday and Tuesday, with another nine IndyCar Series regulars running Wednesday and Thursday.
In addition, teams coming to IndyCar from the ChampCar World Series will have their own two-day test at Sebring on March 19-20. The entire IndyCar Series field, expected to number 27-30 in all, will run together for the first time at the March 29 season-opening race at Homestead Miami Speedway.
Former series champion Tony Kanaan led the Monday-Tuesday test group, followed by his rookie Andretti Green teammate Hideki Mutoh and third generation racer Marco Andretti. Taking advantage of improved track conditions, the quicker Wednesday-Thursday group was headed by Briscoe and "Dancing with the Stars" winner Castroneves, followed by the Target Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon.
Ryan Briscoe (#6 Team Penske Honda) fastest in road course testing: "The track was really quick this afternoon; Helio [Castroneves] turned a fast lap mid-session, so we had something to shoot for. We went out on new tires, but the car wasn't quite right, so I had to come in. We made just one change, which proved to be very effective. It is amazing what a small adjustment can do to lap times around this circuit. The Team Penske car was performing very well at the end of the session and I think we made a lot of progress today."