IRL Spring Training Update from Day 2
2005 IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon paced the IndyCar Series Open Test on the oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the second consecutive day, but this time without incident.
Wheldon, who was fastest during testing on Day 1 at the variably banked 1.5-mile oval, recorded a lap of 24.9405 seconds, 214.350 mph in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda-powered Dallara.
"It was a very good test in terms of outright speed, but I did destroy a car the first day," Wheldon said. "That was my first crash since 2003. I
"It was a productive two days other than the fact that I did $300,000 worth of damage. Chip (Ganassi) was nice about it. I have a good relationship with Chip. I made a mistake yesterday. I was working in traffic, and I just lost too much of the car too soon. You
Wheldon's lap was faster than 2006 IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 6 Team Penske Honda-powered Dallara, who recorded a best lap of 24.9606, 214.178 mph. Tony Kanaan (214.119 mph) Marco Andretti (213.944 mph) and Helio Castroneves (213.869 mph) rounded out the day's fast five.
"We're not exactly where we want to be yet, but we
Also on Feb. 22, Bobby Wilson led the oval-testing portion of the Indy Pro Series Open Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wilson, driver of Brian Stewart Racing's No. 1 entry, recorded a lap of 28.7611, 185.876 mph. Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver Alex Lloyd was second-fastest at 28.7828, 185.736 mph.
There were 2,852 incident-free laps turned by IndyCar Series cars and 2,817 incident-free laps turned by Indy Pro Series cars.
DAY 2 TESTING QUOTEBOOK:
TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "This was really a one-day test for Team 7-Eleven. We had some issues yesterday and didn't get much time on the track. We had the speed today for sure but I'm not happy with my race car. It was productive because we learned what to do and what not to do but we don't have any test days left to get ready for the first race so we'll see what happens."
MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 NYSE Group Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "I have to hand it to the NYSE team. They did an awesome job getting the car ready and finding exactly what we need. There's still work to do but now we're in it. I didn't always look forward to coming to one-and-a-half mile ovals last year but if this test is any indication, I think we'll be in good shape this year."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone): "Things seem to be a little different for us this year with the changes in the rear wing and a new tire compound, so we've been searching for the right combination that will allow us to get to the top of the speed charts. I think that there are a lot of teams like us who aren't exactly where they want to be at this point. We've made progress, though, so we're optimistic that when the engineers get back to the race shop and have a chance to analyze the data we've collected that we'll be able to come back here in a couple of weeks and contend for the win."
INDY PRO SERIES QUOTEBOOK:
LOGAN GOMEZ (No. 23 Sam Schmidt Motorsports, fourth-fastest): "The Sam Schmidt Motorsports team gave me a great car to learn on. There
ALEX LLOYD (No. 7 Sam Schmidt Motorsports, second fastest): "We had a good day. We had a few troubles just before lunch and right after lunch, which cost us a couple of hours of running, so we didn
BOBBY WILSON (No. 1 Brian Stewart Racing, fastest driver during test): "Hats off to the team today. They did a great job. The car was awesome. I across a pretty good compromise, and that
across a pretty good compromise, and that
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The 2007 IndyCar Series season begins under the lights with the XM Satellite Radio Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 24. The race will be telecast live by ESPN2 at 8 p.m. (ET) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPN Deportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio and www.indycar.com. The sixth season of Indy Pro Series competition begins with the Homestead-Miami 100 on March 24 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It will be webcast live on www.indycar.com and will be telecast on at 5 p.m. (ET) on March 28 by ESPN2.