Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: Spring Training Day 2 and Combined Session Times

Verizon Indycar Spring Training came to a close with the conclusion of today's testing. Guess what that means?! Next thing on the schedule is practice for the first race at St. Petersburg! Woot woot!

Today was nothing surprising. Will Power once again led the field, followed very closely by darkhorse Justin Wilson, defending champion Scott Dixon, veteran Takuma Sato, and "new" Ganassi driver Ryan Briscoe.

Eyes were once again fixed on Juan Pablo Montoya. Yesterday, he finished the session an outstanding P2. Today, he showed pace again, finishing a less glamorous P9. Also receiving a lot of attention is Tony Kanaan in the #10 Chip Ganassi car that was formerly driven by Dario Franchitti. While TK did nothing impressive in the past two days, he a) didn't have a poor performance and b) doesn't have to prove himself in preseason testing. I think we all know what he can do.

Rookie Jack Hawksworth of Bryan Herta Autosport began to strut his stuff, showing quick pace on his way to a P12 effort. Other rookies also improved from yesterday, with Carlos Munoz finishing P16 and Mikhail Aleshin finishing P20.

Jack Hawksworth leads Josef Newgarden into a turn (Photo: Chris Jones / Indycar Media)

It seemed to be a struggle-bus kind of day for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Despite some decent pace yesterday, both cars driven by Graham Rahal and Oriol Servia were off of the leaders times. At one points, they occupied the last two spots on the sheet. Graham did end up shaving a few tenths of a second to finish the session P19, while Oriol ended up dead last in P22.

TBA is still nowhere to be found. Your move Dale Coyne.

Only a couple incidents worth mentioning: Ryan Briscoe's day was cut 30 minutes short with an issue, Mikhail Aleshin required a tow in after stopping on course, Oriol Servia had an off which caused a red flag, and one other red flag that was thrown for debris. No crashes or damage to speak of today.

Here are the times and laps completed from session two of Spring Training:

Day 2
Pos Driver Time Laps
1 Will Power 1:07.060 62
2 Justin Wilson 1:07.064 51
3 Scott Dixon 1:07.079 59
4 Takuma Sato 1:07.331 57
5 Ryan Briscoe 1:07.375 48
6 Helio Castroneves 1:07.400 54
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:07.449 56
8 James Hinchcliffe 1:07.463 60
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 1:07.476 61
10 Simon Pagenaud 1:07.523 72
11 Tony Kanaan 1:07.612 59
12 Jack Hawksworth 1:07.654 64
13 Charlie Kimball 1:07.706 73
14 Sebastien Bourdais 1:07.711 67
15 Marco Andretti 1:07.794 71
16 Carlos Munoz 1:07.943 79
17 Sebastian Saavedra 1:07.973 50
18 Josef Newgarden 1:08.075 47
19 Graham Rahal 1:08.083 62
20 Mikhail Aleshin 1:08.197 15
21 Mike Conway 1:08.216 70
22 Oriol Servia 1:08.394 51

Here are the combined times from session one and two, with the driver's best time listed next to their name, what session they completed that lap in, and the total laps they ran (Spoiler: Everyone set their fastest time in session two...):

Combined Totals
Pos Driver Time Day Laps
1 Will Power 1:07.060 2 110
2 Justin Wilson 1:07.064 2 82
3 Scott Dixon 1:07.079 2 99
4 Takuma Sato 1:07.331 2 96
5 Ryan Briscoe 1:07.375 2 92
6 Helio Castroneves 1:07.400 2 105
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:07.449 2 86
8 James Hinchcliffe 1:07.463 2 92
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 1:07.476 2 116
10 Simon Pagenaud 1:07.523 2 107
11 Tony Kanaan 1:07.612 2 101
12 Jack Hawksworth 1:07.654 2 100
13 Charlie Kimball 1:07.706 2 114
14 Sebastien Bourdais 1:07.711 2 78
15 Marco Andretti 1:07.794 2 99
16 Carlos Munoz 1:07.943 2 121
17 Sebastian Saavedra 1:07.973 2 100
18 Josef Newgarden 1:08.075 2 72
19 Graham Rahal 1:08.083 2 95
20 Mikhail Aleshin 1:08.197 2 43
21 Mike Conway 1:08.216 2 112
22 Oriol Servia 1:08.394 2 58

Bring on St. Petersburg!

-Matthew Hickey

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