The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season officially kicked off Monday with the first Open Test in Birmingham, Alabama, home of the Barber Motorsports Park.
22 of the 23 cars on the entry list turned laps in the rain and cold delayed session, leaving just the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry on the sidelines. The team's second car, who's driver will be announced in the next 10 days prior to the season opener, was left in their Plainfield, Illinois shop.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's newest driver, Oriol Servia, who said that he was "more rusty than I have felt in a long time", turned just 7 laps do to unknown car troubles. KVSH Racing's Sebastien Bourdais ran just 11 laps before going off and making right side contact. The issue was, according to Bourdais, caused by 'steering failure'.
- Honda Performance Development technical director Roger Griffiths resigned last week.
- Simon Pagenaud's #77 entry name has changed to Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports.
- KVSH Racing announced the re-signing of Hydroxycut to sponsor the teams #11 entry in 2014. Hydroxycut will serve as co-primary in the Indianapolis 500 and primary sponsor in eight races including St. Pete, Barber, Texas, Pocono, Toronto (x2), Sonoma and Fontana. Mistic Electronic Cigarettes will hold primary duties for the other 9 events including Long Beach, GP of Indianapolis, Belle Isle (x2), Houston (x2), Iowa, Mid-Ohio and Milwaukee.
The 22 car/driver combinations will return to the 17-turn, 2.38-mile track for two Tuesday sessions from 10-12 and 2-5 CT.
Day 1 Open Test Results:
1-Will Power 1:07.6492 (48 laps)
2-Juan Pablo Montoya 1:07.7170 (55 laps)
3-Helio Castroneves 1:07.7214 (51 laps)
4-Scott Dixon 1:07.8225 (40 laps)
5-Takuma Sato 1:07.8619 (39 laps)
6-Ryan Briscoe 1:07.8834 (44 laps)
7-Justin Wilson 1:07.8863 (31 laps)
8-Simon Pagenaud 1:08.0682 (35 laps)
9-James Hinchcliffe 1:08.1629 (32 laps)
10-Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:08.3194 (30 laps)
11-Charlie Kimball 1:08.3209 (41 laps)
12-Tony Kanaan 1:08.3254 (42 laps)
13-Mike Conway 1:08.4734 (42 laps)
14-Graham Rahal 1:08.4907 (33 laps)
15-Josef Newgarden 1:08.5798 (25 laps)
16-Sebastian Saavedra 1:08.6539 (50 laps)
17-Marco Andretti 1:08.6688 (28 laps)
18-Mikhail Aleshin 1:08.7296 (28 laps)
19-Jack Hawksworth 1:08.9223 (36 laps)
20-Carlos Munoz 1:08.9299 (42 laps)
21-Oriol Servia 1:09.2164 (7 laps)
22-Sebastien Bourdais 1:09.6668 (11 laps)