Briscoe still on top at Sebring

Heavy rain brought an end to the final day of an Open Test at Sebring International Raceway about 45 minutes early, but not before Ryan Briscoe turned in a quick lap of 52.4202 seconds, 114.689 mph to top the speed chart. He edged Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves by three-hundredths of a second.

Together the two Team Penske drivers were more than a half second quicker than anyone else. Briscoe also led testing on March 5 as the second group of IndyCar Series drivers completed a day and a half of testing. A previous group of drivers tested on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn circuit March 3-4.

“The track was really quick this afternoon; Helio turned a fast lap mid-session, so we had something to shoot for," Briscoe said. “We went out on new tires, but we weren’t quite happy with the car, so I had to come in. We made a change, which proved to be very effective. It is amazing what a small adjustment can do to lap times around this circuit. The Team Penske car was performing very well at the end of the session and I think we made a lot of progress today."

Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon were third and fourth, respectively.

Overall, eight drivers combined for 790 laps.

Combined Full Field Results:

Ps. Driver Team Chassis Time Speed
1. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Honda Dallara 52.4202 113.929 mph
2. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Honda Dallara 52.4531 114.617
3. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 52.8609 113.732
4. Hideki Mutoh-R Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 52.9513 113.538
5. Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 53.0131 113.406
6. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 53.0286 113.373
7. Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 53.0433 113.341
8. Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 53.2452 112.912
9. Vitor Meira Delphi Panther Racing Honda Dallara 53.2467 112.908
10. A.J. Foyt IV Vision Racing Honda Dallara 53.3477 112.695
11. Buddy Rice Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 53.3859 112.614
12. Ryan Hunter-Reay Rahal Letterman Racing Honda Dallara 53.4570 112.464
13. Danica Patrick Andretti Green Racing Honda Dallara 53.5015 112.371
14. Jay Howard-R Roth Racing Honda Dallara 53.8033 111.740
15. Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 54.0505 111.229
16. Ed Carpenter Vision Racing Honda Dallara 54.1869 110.949
17. Marty Roth Roth Racing Honda Dallara 54.4976 110.317
18. Milka Duno Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 56.4081 106.580

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