IndyCar: Pagenaud & Castroneves lead MSR 1-2 in Tuesday testing

Meyer Shank Racing Honda drivers, #60 Simon Pagenaud (shown above) and defending Indy 500 champion #06 Helio Castroneves turned the fastest laps in the waning minutes of testing Tuesday on Sebring’s short course as teams continued preparations for the IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg.

Waiting for the sun to set and the track to cool, Pagenaud put up a lap of 52.1135s to pip his teammate by just 0.0806s

Simon Pagenaud. Penske Entertainment: Chris Owens

Chip Ganassi Honda IndyCar driver Marcus Ericsson, who held the top spot for much of the afternoon was 3rd quick with a lap of 52.2103s.

Ed Carpenter’s Rinus Veekay was 4th fastest 0.156s behind the Brazilian.

Kyle Kirkwood rounded out the top-5, 0.2249s behind in the #14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevy and just ahead of defending IndyCar champion Alex Palou in his #8 Chip Ganassi Honda.

5th quick, a happy Kyle Kirkwood was easily the fastest AJ Foyt driver. Penske Entertainment: James Black

None of the drivers Tuesday were able to beat the fast time of 51.8515s set by Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta on Monday.

Kyle Kirkwood in the #14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevy testing at Sebring. Penske Entertainment: James Black

Tuesday Times

Pos No Name Time Behind Engine Team
1 60 Simon Pagenaud 52.1135 0.0000s Honda Meyer Shank Racing
2 06 Helio Castroneves 52.1941 0.0806s Honda Meyer Shank Racing
3 8 Marcus Ericsson 52.2103 0.0968s Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
4 21 Rinus VeeKay 52.2695 0.1560s Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
5 14 Kyle Kirkwood 52.3384 0.2249s Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
6 10 Alex Palou 52.3775 0.2640s Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
7 20 Conor Daly 52.4146 0.3011s Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
8 9 Scott Dixon 52.4221 0.3086s Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
9 77 Callum Ilott 52.5290 0.4155s Chevy Juncos Hollinger Racing
10 18 David Malukas 52.7232 0.6097s Honda Dale Coyne Racing with HMD
11 51 Takuma Sato 52.8029 0.6894s Honda Dale Coyne Racing w/RWR
12 48 Jimmie Johnson 52.9473 0.8338s Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
13 4 Dalton Kellett 53.0259 0.9124s Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
14 11 Tatiana Calderon 53.0475 0.9340s Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises

Monday Times

Pos No Name Time Behind Engine Team
1 26 Colton Herta 51.8515 0.0000s Honda Andretti Autosport
2 18 David Malukas 51.8588 0.0073s Honda Dale Coyne Racing with HMD
3 28 Romain Grosjean 52.0215 0.1700s Honda Andretti Autosport
4 2 Josef Newgarden 52.0595 0.2080s Chevy Team Penske
5 12 Will Power 52.2118 0.3603s Chevy Team Penske
6 15 Graham Rahal 52.2559 0.4044s Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
7 45 Jack Harvey 52.2721 0.4206s Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
8 7 Felix Rosenqvist 52.2813 0.4298s Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
9 27 Alexander Rossi 52.2975 0.4460s Honda Andretti Autosport
10 29 Devlin DeFrancesco 52.2997 0.4482s Honda Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
11 3 Scott McLaughlin 52.3297 0.4782s Chevy Team Penske
12 30 Christian Lundgaard 52.3732 0.5217s Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
13 14 Kyle Kirkwood 52.3896 0.5381s Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
14 5 Pato O’Ward 52.4248 0.5733s Chevy Arrow McLaren SP
15 77 Callum Ilott 52.4815 0.6300s Chevy Juncos Hollinger Racing
16 11 Tatiana Calderon 52.5409 0.6894s Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
17 10 Kevin Magnussen* 52.8393 0.9878s Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
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