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AJ Foyt driver Conor Daly turned the fastest lap in first round IndyCar testing Tuesday at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison. Daly's lap of 173.714 mph led a Chevy Sweep of the top-5 positions. The Hondas are towing the same parachute around the track they were towing in Phoenix and were out to lunch as can be seen from the times below.
Position 2 thru 5 were Penske Chevy drivers Josef Newgarden, Juan Montoya, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves. Newgarden was 2/10ths of a sec. slower than Daly and Castroneves 4/10ths slower.
The fastest Honda was Scott Dixon in 6th place
JR Hildebrand hit the SAFER barrier during Tuesday’s open test
The Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet driver made contact with the Turn 2 barrier on his 22nd lap of the test session.
"It's really windy out here and we’re trying to sort it out through Turn 1 and Turn 2, and I don’t know if was gusty or what, but I thought there would be more grip rolling a little higher through the corner but there just wasn’t," said Hildebrand, who was unhurt.
"I collected the outside wall at the exit of Turn 2. I felt like I was out of [the throttle] forever, trying to let it regain some grip while going up the hill, and it just didn’t [grip].
"I'm frustrated for the team. It was an unnecessary thing to have happen, but hopefully we can get back out later today."
|3||22||Juan Pablo Montoya||26.241||0.3369||0.1305||38||171.484||Chevy|