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Hildebrand Tops Two day Testing Session

JR Hildebrand, who returns to full-time IndyCar competition for the first time in four years this season with Ed Carpenter Racing, set the quickest lap of the weekend at 193.234 mph (19.0401 seconds) in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet during the Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Phoenix International Raceway. Ed Carpenter, Hildebrand’s teammate and boss, had the second-best overall lap of the weekend at 192.404 mph.

Twenty one cars entered the Friday and Saturday test (10th/11th Feb) on the 1-mile oval in Avondale, Arizona.

The top five spots were filled by the Chevrolet powered cars of Hildebrand, Carpenter, Newgarden, Castroneves, and Power.

Team Penske‚Äôs new rising star, Joesef Newgarden set the pace on Friday, although he had a run in with Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the evening session.

First of the Honda powered cars, was Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Mikhail Aleshin in sixth, followed by Tony Kanaan as the best of the Chip Ganassi cars, who are beginning a new partnership with Honda.

Reigning champion Simon Pagenaud, set the 8th fastest lap, while Bourdais and Aleshin’s team mate James Hinchcliffe round out the top ten.

  1. Hildebrand 00:19.0401
  2. Carpenter 00:19.1223
  3. Newgarden 00:19.1693
  4. Castroneves 00:19.1957
  5. Power 00:19.1988
  6. Aleshin 00:19.2549
  7. Kanaan 00:19.2656
  8. Pagenaud 00:19.2788
  9. Bourdais 00:19.3236
  10. Hinchcliffe 00:19.3455
  11. Dixon 00:19.3548
  12. Hunter-Reay 00:19.3932
  13. Rahal 00:19.4428
  14. Andretti 00:19.4541
  15. Chilton 00:19.4740
  16. Sato 00:19.4953
  17. Munoz 00:19.5193
  18. Jones 00:19.5399
  19. Kimball 00:19.5667
  20. Daly 00:19.6058
  21. Rossi 00:19.6108

 

IndyCar is scheduled to return on the 12th of March for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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Diarmuid Hourihane

Diarmuid is a 25 year old qualified Business teacher from Co. Cork, Ireland. Covers IndyCar qualifying and race days for the L&T website. He also has been an F1 fan since childhood.

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