Takuma Sato tops opening IndyCar test at Phoenix

2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato driving for the Rahal team this year
2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato driving for the Rahal team this year

UPDATE IndyCar has declared the first scoring box below to be the correct one. There was a glitch in the last few seconds of the session which caused Sato's time to be erased. Sato, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the number 30 entry, was the fastest of today's afternoon session.

02/09/18

With a late session run, Takuma Sato (Honda) turned the fastest lap at 187.022 mph in the opening test session for the IndyCars at Phoenix Friday afternoon.

Or did he? At the last minute IndyCar's Timing & Scoring all changed and put Tony Kanaan at the top. It appeared to be a technical glitch.

We think Simon Pagenaud was 2nd quick in the Penske Chevy followed by the AJ Foyt Chevys of Tony Kanaan and rookie Matt Leist.

Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top-5 in the Dale Coyne Honda.

Session Results

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap Laps FSpeed Engine Team
1 30 Takuma Sato 19.673 –.—- –.—- 44 187.022 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
2 22 Simon Pagenaud 19.716 0.0433 0.0433 54 186.611 Chevy Team Penske
3 14 Tony Kanaan 19.769 0.0961 0.0528 21 186.112 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
4 4 Matheus Leist 19.771 0.0981 0.0020 40 186.094 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
5 18 Sebastien Bourdais 19.825 0.1524 0.0543 50 185.584 Honda Dale Coyne Racing
6 15 Graham Rahal 19.856 0.1833 0.0309 31 185.295 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
7 98 Marco Andretti 19.864 0.1915 0.0082 35 185.219 Honda Andretti Autosport
8 9 Scott Dixon 19.913 0.2399 0.0484 22 184.768 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
9 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 19.955 0.2823 0.0424 44 184.376 Honda Andretti Autosport
10 12 Will Power 20.011 0.3384 0.0561 45 183.859 Chevy Team Penske
11 27 Alexander Rossi 20.016 0.3434 0.0050 48 183.813 Honda Andretti Autosport
12 10 Ed Jones 20.059 0.3867 0.0433 56 183.416 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
13 6 Robert Wickens 20.194 0.5214 0.1347 53 182.193 Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
14 26 Zach Veach 20.209 0.5361 0.0147 45 182.060 Honda Andretti Autosport
15 5 James Hinchcliffe 20.225 0.5521 0.0160 38 181.916 Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
16 32 Kyle Kaiser 20.237 0.5641 0.0120 62 181.808 Chevy Juncos Racing
17 21 Spencer Pigot 20.264 0.5912 0.0271 51 181.565 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
18 19 Pietro Fittipaldi 20.278 0.6056 0.0144 36 181.436 Honda Dale Coyne Racing
19 20 Ed Carpenter 20.284 0.6110 0.0054 16 181.388 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
20 1 Josef Newgarden 20.288 0.6151 0.0041 27 181.351 Chevy Team Penske
21 88 Gabby Chaves 20.455 0.7826 0.1675 45 179.866 Chevy Harding Racing
22 23 Charlie Kimball 20.824 1.1518 0.3692 44 176.677 Chevy Carlin
23 59 Max Chilton 21.239 1.5662 0.4144 34 173.230 Chevy Carlin

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