Cindric Pleased With Allmendinger Test Penske Racing president Tim Cindric tells speed.com's Marshall Pruett he's happy with how AJ Allmendinger's first Team Penske test went, and what's up next for Dinger. Penske Racing president Tim Cindric left Sebring in a positive mood on Tuesday after the Team Penske IndyCar team met all of its objectives during a one-day test.
“I think for us it was a good rehearsal just as a team with the changes we've made in the off-season to come out here and get everybody working together. Either Will [Power’s] guys and Helio [Castroneves’] guys, it's two different chemistries that you start to develop. Sebring is always a very difficult place to make too many judgments as far as on-track. You can be fast at Sebring and I don’t care if it’s Champ Car IndyCar, CART, or what it is, and show up for the first race and be off the mark.
“Sebring is a unique place; you have to come in pretty disciplined with a list of things to go through and not get too caught up in lap times other than you want to be competitive. But whether you’re first or fifth, it really doesn’t matter if you get through your things. I think we had a good day going through things, and we also got solid laps in with Allmendinger.”
“I was surprised at how quick he was able to get up to speed,” he said. “At least to be on the charts within a few tenths of Helio pretty much all day. I expected he was going to struggle to go from mid-pack to the top of the charts. It seems like in these cars it's not too difficult to get competitive, but to be among the best, it's going to take a bit of time. But I think he showed that potential, he was actually quicker than our other two drivers in a corner or two.
“So it shows that there's things there that they can already be learning from him. But I thought it was solid. I thought we accomplished what we came here to do which was to familiarize him with the modern-day Indy car. That was our goal.”
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