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:
|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|