IndyCar Sebring Monday: O’Ward tops Rossi

IndyCar teams returned to Sebring Monday for  continued preseason testing.  On-Hand this week, who were not testing two weeks ago, were Team Penske and Arrows McLaren SP.

Under better weather conditions than two weeks ago, the times were faster today.

Arrow McLaren driver Pato O’Ward topped the times on Monday with a lap of 51.791s  in his camouflaged #5 Chevy (shown above), to beat fast man two weeks ago, Alexander Rossi in the #27 Andretti Autosport Honda. Rossi was still on a high after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona IMSA race on Sunday.

Rossi’s time of 51.928s was  faster than his timesheet topping 52.27s lap two weeks ago.

Alexander Rossi traded in NAPA Auto Parts colors for AutoNation livery this week – Chris Owens IndyCar

O’Ward and Rossi were the only two drivers in the 51-second bracket.

Third quick was Josef Newgarden in the #2 Penske Chevy at 52.055s and marginally faster than Colton Herta in the #26 Andretti Honda at 52.061s.

Oliver Askew, subbing for James Hinchcliffe, rounded out the top-5 at 52.251s in the #29 Andretti Honda

Felix Rosenqvist 7th quick in the #7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevy

Monday Test Times

Pos No Name Time Diff Laps Engine Team
1 5 Pato O’Ward 51.791s 0.000s 124 Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
2 27 Alexander Rossi 51.928s 0.137s 122 Honda Andretti Autosport
3 2 Josef Newgarden 52.055s 0.265s 138 Chevy Team Penske
4 26 Colton Herta 52.061s 0.271s 116 Honda Andretti Autosport
5 29 Oliver Askew 52.241s 0.450s 109 Honda Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport
6 7 Felix Rosenqvist 52.258s 0.468s 130 Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
7 30 Takuma Sato 52.302s 0.512s 139 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
8 20 Conor Daly 52.312s 0.521s 123 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
9 15 Graham Rahal 52.357s 0.566s 157 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
10 21 Rinus VeeKay 52.358s 0.568s 99 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
11 12 Will Power 52.363s 0.572s 145 Chevy Team Penske
12 22 Simon Pagenaud 52.379s 0.588s 120 Chevy Team Penske
13 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 52.465s 0.674s 106 Honda Andretti Autosport
14 3 Scott McLaughlin 52.469s 0.678s 130 Chevy Team Penske