Newgarden fastest in IndyCar test at Sonoma

Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden led a Team Penske-Chevrolet 1-2-3 in testing at Sonoma on Monday – although some teams were not gunning for one-lap pace in optimum conditions.

Newgarden, who set his first pole position for Penske in the 2017 season-closer here last September, today clocked a time 2.6sec slower but on primary tires. His 1min18.10sec was enough to put him top by 0.2sec from teammate Will Power.

Simon Pagenaud was a further 0.35sec adrift, approximately one tenth of a second ahead of Sebastien Bourdais, driving the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry.

Two-tenths further back was the second Coyne car being wheeled by Pietro Fittipaldi, who is likely to be confirmed as one of the DCR #19 car’s drivers within the next two days.

Three newcomers to the series – Matheus Leist, Robert Wickens and Jordan King –filled the next three places, each of them setting faster times than their respective teammates in the afternoon session.

King was the busiest driver in the afternoon session, completing 53 laps.

Unofficial times from Sonoma test, afternoon session:

Pos.DriverTeam-EngineTime
1  Josef Newgarden Penske-Chevrolet 1m18.10s
2  Will Power Penske-Chevrolet 1m18.29s
3  Simon Pagenaud Penske-Chevrolet 1m18.64s
4  Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing-Honda 1m18.75s
5  Pietro Fittipaldi Dale Coyne Racing-Honda 1m18.94s
6  Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet 1m19.00s
7  Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda 1m19.12s
8  Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet 1m19.20s
9  James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda 1m19.27s
10  Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet 1m19.40s
11  Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet 1m19.96s
12  Gabby Chaves Harding Racing-Chevrolet 1m20.34s

 

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