IndyCar: Power fastest in Barber test after leading Tuesday sessions


Will Power has led another day of testing at Barber Motorsports Park, as he has traditionally done ahead of the new Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The difference is that this year, Power’s the defending series champion, he’s wearing the champion’s No. 1, and he’s driving one of Chevrolet’s new aero kits. In the last few years, he was heading into the new season as one of the best drivers without a title, in the No. 12 car, and he was in the standard Dallara DW12 aero package.

Power’s morning session time of 1:07.3118 led the overall timesheets for the week, and lowered the bar by nearly two full tenths over Scott Dixon’s best time on Monday.

He was still a bit off of Dixon’s official track record, 1:06.7750 set in Q1 of 2013. But figure in a different time of year, with plenty more to be found on the cars, and with Firestone’s red alternate tires in the offing for qualifying there will be plenty more to come.

Power’s afternoon time of 1:07.4984 was also fastest in the second session until the final five minutes, when Dixon set his fastest time of the week at 1:07.3996. That led the afternoon times and was second overall both for the day and the week.

The majority of the 22-car field got into the 1:07 bracket on day two of the test. Power’s 1:07.3118 was just more than six tenths up on Carlos Munoz, 17th on the day at 1:07.9882.

Marco Andretti, James Jakes, Luca Filippi, and Gabby Chaves were in the 1:08 bracket with Francesco Dracone, running the 2014 aero package on his No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda, several seconds in arrears.

Sage Karam did not test today following his testing accident on Monday in the No. 8 GE LED Chevrolet. The Chip Ganassi Racing team is putting his car back together for a test in NOLA Motorsports Park next week. The 2013 Indy Lights champion is only confirmed for the season opener at St. Petersburg.

Combined times from the cumulative four sessions are linked here.