Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Homestead Test Breakdown

With 12 hours of available track time for most of the teams over the last two days, and even more for the rookies, the Indycar drivers turned a ton of laps. Ryan Briscoe had the quickest speed in the tests at just over 212mph. Marco led the AGR stable with the 3rd overall quickest lap fallowed by teammate Tony Kanaan. Mario Moraes, who was previously viewed as a "ride buyer" absolutely boggled my mind with the 5th quickest time. KV racing has obviously been working hard over the winter, and after this test, they have got to get a second car on track!! Dreyer and Reinbold's Mike Conway was also a bit of a surprise with the 9th quickest lap, not bad for a rookie. Rookie Raphael Matos was a little bit of a disappointment being the 4th slowest of the 21 cars on hand. Stock Car driver Stanton Barrett struggled for most of the test and was consistently the slowest car on track, but he ran consistent laps without incident. Barrett who is making a giant leap to the open wheel world with a team that's season ended in heartbreak last year in Indy, did a solid job considering the circumstances.

  1. Ryan Briscoe--212.156
  2. Scott Dixon--211.825
  3. Marco Andretti--211.274
  4. Tony Kanaan--210.819
  5. Mario Moraes--210.603
  6. Dario Franchitti--210.603
  7. Will Power--210.544
  8. Dan Wheldon--210.402
  9. Mike Conway--210.225
  10. Graham Rahal--210.088
  11. Hideki Mutoh--209.995
  12. Robert Doornbos--209.584
  13. Vitor Meira--209.475
  14. E.J. Viso--209.355
  15. Danica Patrick--209.333
  16. Milka Duno--208.984
  17. Ed Carpenter--208.925
  18. Raphael Matos--208.694
  19. Justin Wilson--208.108
  20. Jaime Camara--207.378
  21. Stanton Barrett--206.266

If you are an oval fan, than you have a 2 month wait until the Dallara's are going to be in speedway configurations. In just under a month the ICS goes road course testing in Birmingham, 2 weeks later they'll be racing in St. Pete, then another 2 week wait until the Long Beach race, fallowed by the first oval event of the year in Kansas a week later.


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