Power tops IMS road course test, King stars, Telitz debuts

Will Power finished the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course test on top, but Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King continued to impress by preventing Team Penske domination.

Power tops IMS road course test, King stars, Telitz debuts
Jordan King, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Jordan King, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Aaron Telitz, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Sébastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda
Pietro Fittipaldi, Dale Coyne Racing

Power, who took pole and won the Indy Grand Prix in both 2015 and ’17, put the #12 Team Penske-Chevrolet back at the top of times with a 69.14sec lap, but just 0.05sec slower was ECR-Chevy rookie Jordan King, who qualified fourth on his debut at St. Petersburg.

The Briton narrowly edged the other two Penske drivers and beat his own teammate, Spencer Pigot, by 0.2sec.

Fastest Honda driver was Sebastien Bourdais in the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry, 0.2sec faster than teammate Pietro Fittipaldi, who will take over the #19 DCR entry from Zachary Claman De Melo for the Phoenix race on April 7.

In between the two DCR cars was Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing entry, while Alexander Rossi headed up the Andretti Autosport-Honda contingent.

New team Harding Racing did well to get within 1.2sec of Power’s fastest with 2014 Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves.

Meanwhile Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz, became the first current Indy Lights driver to sample the 2018 IndyCar aerokit, testing James Hinchcliffe’s #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car. He was 0.8sec off the Canadian ace’s best.

Testing times:

1. Will Power, Team Penske-Chevrolet, 69.14sec, 84 laps
2. Jordan King, Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet, 69.19sec, 68 laps
3. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske-Chevrolet, 69.22sec, 81 laps
4. Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske-Chevrolet, 69.30sec, 105 laps
5. Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing-Honda, 69.35sec, 75 laps
6. Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet, 69.40sec, 77 laps
7. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda, 69.45sec, 92 laps
8. Pietro Fittipaldi, Dale Coyne Racing-Honda, 69.54sec, 70 laps
9. Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport-Honda, 69.54sec, 48 laps
10. Marco Andretti, Andretti-Herta Autosport-Honda, 69.58sec, 54 laps
11. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport-Honda, 69.64sec, 64 laps
12. Zach Veach, Andretti Autosport-Honda, 69.65sec, 66 laps
13. Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, 69.67sec, 55 laps
14. Ed Jones, Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda, 69.72sec, 100 laps
15. Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda, 69.78sec, 36 laps
16. Matheus Leist, AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet, 70.07sec, 70 laps
17. Tony Kanaan, AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet, 70.12sec, 46 laps
18. Gabby Chaves, Harding Racing-Chevrolet, 70.20sec, 67 laps
19. James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda, 70.52sec, 50 laps
20. Aaron Telitz, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda, 71.32sec, 55 laps

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