Andretti puts Honda on top in 2nd test session at Phoenix
Marco Andretti gave the Honda IndyCar contingent something to cheer about after a rather dismal 2015 season dominated by Chevy Verizon IndyCar teams. On Friday evening at Phoenix International Raceway Andretti turned a lap of 19.604s at 187.678 mph in the 2nd test session to lead Scott Dixon and Ed Carpenter in Chevys.
James Hinchcliffe was 4th in a Honda and Josef Newgarden rounded out the top-5 in a Chevy.
Castroneves leads Chevy 1-2-3-4 in opening session at PIR
Castroneves with the latest Chevy aero package
With a lap time of 19.5858s, Helio Castroneves led a Team Penske 1-2 in today's opening session of the Verizon IndyCar Series test at Phoenix International Raceway. Will Power was second a mere one-hundredth of a second off Castroneves' fast time as both drivers lapped the 1-mile Avondale, AZ oval quicker than Arie Luyendyk's nearly twenty-year-old track record.
Ed Carpenter Racing's Josef Newgarden was third, with Juan Pablo Montoya completing a Chevrolet sweep of the top-four spots. Graham Rahal was the fastest Honda in fifth.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How was practice with the new rules package?
“We’re looking forward to it obviously. We have this change in the rules package that we’ve been pushing for for quite a while. Yeah, it’s going to take some time to get it figured out. We obviously struggled a little bit the first practice, but we’ll go to work and it’s so early. I hadn’t tested or anything, run any car at any point from Homestead to right now on any kind of track other than a superspeedway. Trying to knock some rust off and the team is trying to get acclimated as well, so it will take a bit of a process. Not expecting it to happen overnight, but we’ve got some direction to go to.”
Larson, Jones, Enfinger Lead Early Practices at Atlanta Kyle Larson (Sprint Cup), Erik Jones (Xfinity) and Grant Enfinger (Camping World trucks) lead their repsective classes in Friday's early practice sessions at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for this weekend's events.
Larson was quickest in the opening Sprint Cup practice with a lap of 192.902 mph in the no. 42 Target Chevrolet. Kasey Kahne, AJ Allmendinger, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five.
When Denny Hamlin crossed the finish line ahead of MartinTruex Jr. by about one foot to win Sunday’s Daytona 500, Toyota’s decade-long quest to win NASCAR’s biggest race was finally realized.
It was a monumental day for Toyota and the four drivers in its signature team, Joe Gibbs Racing (which, in Hamlin, had a Daytona 500 winner for the first time since 1993). JGR’s Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards all placed in the top five. Matt Kenseth led the race until Hamlin overtook him on the final turn of the final lap.
NASCAR Debuts Lower Downforce Aero Package At Atlanta
Low Downforce Graphic
This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will debut its much-anticipated lower downforce 2016 aerodynamics package. The package is similar to the ones used at Kentucky and Darlington last year. Lowering the downforce on a car makes it harder to drive, which puts more emphasis on driver skill and increases the potential for more passing.
Changes to the car for this season's aero package include reductions to:
IndyCar eyes better driver head protection for 2017
Will IndyCar choose a Halo Design similar to F1?
IndyCar’s pursuit of driver protection from flying debris – the cause of Justin Wilson’s fatal head injury in August – has taken a positive turn in recent weeks with materials being tested this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
Noted safety expert Terry Trammell told IndyStar on Thursday that IndyCar “very reasonably could have a functional device for 2017.”
Trammell was reached in Arizona after visiting with a company providing at least one concept, although Trammell declined to discuss specifics.
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