The day is new at Barber Motorsports Park, but the driver atop the IndyCar timing sheets on day two of testing isn’t. Will Power led the morning session for Team Penske, now down to a 1:07.4981. It was four tenths quicker than his fastest lap on Tuesday.
Chevrolet entrants swept the top five, with Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simona de Silvestro next up. Scott Dixon was the top Honda runner in sixth.
Ana Beatriz, rather than Stefan Wilson as had been anticipated, was still behind the wheel of Dale Coyne’s second car. James Jakes took over from Mike Conway in RLL Racing’s second car, and clocked in 21st of 26 drivers to take time.
This post will be updated after the conclusion of the afternoon session.
UPDATE: 8:30 p.m. EST: The final session of IndyCar’s two-day test at Barber confirmed two things: another new unofficial track record, and Will Power’s permanent presence atop the leaderboard.
The Australian led all four sessions, two apiece on Tuesday and Wednesday, and got down to a best time of 1:07.1329 in the last session.
“A good start for the spring training,” said Power. “I think we got some good stuff to come back here for the race. It’s just phenomenal how tight it is up front all the way through the field, and also just how fast these cars are around here, it’s just unbelievable.”
As was the case in the other sessions, Chevrolet teams nearly locked out the top five positions. James Hinchcliffe ended the final session second with Tony Kanaan fourth and Ryan Hunter-Reay fifth. The latter two posted their best times in the Wednesday morning session.
Justin Wilson interrupted the Chevrolet sweep, as top Honda on the day in P3 at 1:07.4996 for Dale Coyne Racing. Overall, the top 16 times were all within one second of Power’s best at Barber.
James Jakes had his first run for RLL and wound up a respectable eleventh overall. Also at Coyne, Wilson’s younger brother Stefan Wilson made his IndyCar testing debut. His best time was 1:09.9513, and he only turned 42 laps before encountering some gearbox gremlins early in the day. All told, it was a promising debut.