Rossi leads nine-car IndyCar test at Sebring

Alexander Rossi finished on top in a second day of IndyCar testing at Sebring short course, edging Andretti Autosport-Honda teammate Colton Herta by 0.1sec.

Rossi leads nine-car IndyCar test at Sebring

The 2016 Indy 500 winner lapped the 1.7-mile track in 52.272sec and completed 105 laps finishing the day 0.106 faster than Herta, who finished third in last year’s IndyCar championship.

Jack Harvey of Meyer Shank Racing, which has a technical partnership with Michael Andretti’s squad, was third, ahead of 2012 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

For both AA and MSR, this was the first test of the season, and Rossi’s fastest effort was half a tenth quicker than Scott Dixon’s session-leading time from yesterday.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda squad also hit the track for the first time today, and Graham Rahal turned a remarkable 160 laps on his way to fifth fastest. He was 0.47sec off the ultimate pace, but a couple of tenths faster than teammate Takuma Sato.

In between the two RLLR cars were two drivers who took part in yesterday’s session – Max Chilton of Carlin-Chevrolet and AJ Foyt Racing’s Dalton Kellett, both of whom knocked a tenth of a second from their best Monday efforts.

Marco Andretti, who last week announced he’s switching to part-time IndyCar racing in 2021, was ninth and last. He has vowed to continue testing for Andretti Autosport as and when needed, but so far the only race he’s confirmed to enter in 2021 is the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.

 

RANK

CAR NO.

DRIVER

TEAM

ENGINE

FASTEST LAP

DIFFERENCE

TOTAL LAPS

1

27

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

52.272

 

105

2

26

Colton Herta

Andretti Autosport

Honda

52.378

-0.106

108

3

60

Jack Harvey

Meyer-Shank Racing

Honda

52.540

-0.268

112

4

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

52.675

-0.403

116

5

15

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Honda

52.725

-0.453

160

6

59

Max Chilton

Carlin

Chevy

52.738

-0.466

98

7

4

Dalton Kellett

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Chevy

52.864

-0.592

136

8

30

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Honda

52.923

-0.651

127

9

29

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda

53.133

-0.861

86

 

 

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