Colton Herta supports his upbuilding introduction to the IndyCar Spring Training at the COTA at the end of the opening day comfortably at Honda's No.88 Harding Racing.
The rookie had earlier led the morning session, and brought the same form to the afternoon, blasting in a best lap of 1m46.6258s: an 1.1s improvement in his best lap from before lunch, and the only sub-1m47s lap of the day.
"I was very happy about how the day went," said Herta, whose car runs on plain black. "We did some good things in the car and I'm happy with how men got everything together in time for this test. Everyone has done a fabulous job and there are no issues with the car, it's We are constantly chipping and keeping time searching, at the end of the day we're fastest by a bit of a margin. I can not wait tomorrow. "
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Best of not -Hardings is Will Power, 0.4s slower at 1m47.1044s. The reigning Indy 500 champion finished 47 laps in the afternoon; his 48th was cut by a spin on the gravel that brought the session at one end two minutes in advance.
Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, in COTA to serve as fourth point data for the team, finished third-fastest day an additional 0.5s down to Power, leaving Felix Rosenqvist and Scott Dixon to complete a Ganassi 4- 5.
For the most though, it is a day dedicated to studying over lap times. In some cases that mean experimenting – Josef Newgarden, who is the 13th fastest finish, believes that his true speed is in the neighborhood of Power – and to others, it's something flying in the curve learning a new kind of career. [19659002"Sinusubukanparinnamingi-scansapamamagitanngmaramingmgabagayparasaakinupangbumuongkaranasansakunganoangiba'tibangmgapagbabagogawin"sinabiMarcusEricssonArrowSPMnaabalasinusubukangi-unlearnanglahatngbagaynagustoniyagleanedtungkolsatracksapanahonngkanyangorassaF1
"This is a series of details but there are tons of things we can work on, and that the process we have now – to explore stuff for the team, but it's mostly for me to feel different changes and find out what they're feeling. So we did not go ahead and saw some interesting things , and I feel like we're getting a place.
"It's a tricky little car to drive – it moves around a lot, put you in the new tire and it gives you grip but it's not super sticky. The biggest thing right now is trying to get my head around the new tires and understand how they work. And here I really reset my reference point and try to drive in a different way. But it is a productive day. We've been running a lot, we have more or less speed, and we've come across a lot of setup changes that I think will be useful throughout the year. "
A driver who did not get much more than sailing as he expected Tony Canaan, whose runs were limited to 16 laps due to a gearbox problem in No.14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevy.