A few days after tempers flared among some of the Verizon IndyCar Series competitors in Long Beach, 18 car/driver combinations took part in a test session this afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway.
Sunday’s race featured multiple incidents that caused a noticeable amount of anger. But if there’s any place on the IndyCar circuit that isn’t conducive to acts of revenge, it’s the high-banked and hyper-fast 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth.
Tony Kanaan was one of several affected by Sunday’s multi-car crash on Lap 54, which began when Ryan Hunter-Reay made contact with Josef Newgarden while trying to take the lead from him in Turn 4.
Kanaan was one of several cars that crashed when they made their way into that particular corner. But while the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion figures that some payback among the drivers may eventually come, he also said that “mistakes happen.”
“As far as a driver, in my opinion, you have the right to be mad,” he said according to the Associated Press. “But you have to think about it: It could be you as well. You’re not perfect. You can also make a mistake.”
Kanaan and the other drivers turned laps today to help the INDYCAR sanctioning body figure out aerodynamic options for when the series comes back to TMS in June for the Firestone 600.
According to the series, four possible aero packages were evaluated, but winds of more than 20 miles per hour made for a tough day inside the cockpit.
“With the weather conditions being cool and a lot of wind, it makes things a little more difficult when we come back here,” said defending series champion Scott Dixon in a release.
“You kind of have to go through the big stuff to try and figure out what you may need or tools that you can use when you come back. Typically on a day like this, we would be doing big sweeps to try and figure out what we may need or don’t need. It’s definitely made it challenging.”
Marco Andretti and Ed Carpenter – whose team won last weekend at Long Beach with their road course driver, Mike Conway – will stick around for a second day of testing tomorrow.
Andretti says that the goal is to produce “just a little change” in the aero package that can get them away from the spread-out, single-file racing that ensued in last year’s race at TMS.
“We need that balance to where it’s just before pack racing, where we aren’t doing 190s [miles per hour] at the end of a stint,” he said. “We don’t want that either.
“Somewhere inbetween is a happy medium and that is what we are going for.”
For video and driver reactions from today’s session, check out the video above from TMS.