Day 2 of INDYCAR “Spring Training” is halfway complete at Sebring International Raceway, and it’s started out like yesterday ended with two Chevrolets and a Honda leading the way. The testing continues from 1-5 p.m. ET, so we’ll see if it stays this way.
Here are your times from this morning’s session:
1. 3-Helio Castroneves (Chevy) — 52.3901 seconds/114.755 mph
2. 28-Ryan Hunter-Reay (Chevy) — 52.5733/114.355
3. 77-Simon Pagenaud (Honda) — 52.5841/114.331
4. 12-Will Power (Chevy) — 52.6777/114.128
5. 2-Ryan Briscoe (Chevy) — 52.7470/113.978
6. 18-Justin Wilson (Honda) — 52.8800/113.691
7. 26-Marco Andretti (Chevy) — 52.9577/113.525
8. 27-James Hinchcliffe (Chevy) — 53.1763/113.058
9. 19-James Jakes (Honda) — 53.5567/112.255
10. 78-Simona de Silvestro (Lotus) — 53.9279/111.482
Andretti logged the most laps this morning with 63, while Power managed to get to P4 despite only running a grand total of seven laps. After he took care of a small fire on his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske machine yesterday, I’m going to take an educated guess and say his team took some extra time getting the car back in working order.
The morning was also eventful off the track too as a pair of teams made driver announcements for 2012. Remember Luca Filippi, the Italian GP2 pilot that got dragged into Sarah Fisher’s previous engine strife? Well, he’ll be in a full-time ride, the No. 30, starting at the Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan. RLL had tried to get Filippi ready for the opening rounds, but were unable to do so and thus relinquished its second full-season Honda engine to Fisher’s team so they could get Josef Newgarden on the track.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Saavedra has signed on as driver of Andretti Autosport/AFS Racing’s Firestone Indy Lights entry and official test/reserve pilot for Andretti’s IZOD IndyCar Series team. The young Colombian will also drive an Andretti/AFS IndyCar, the No. 25 American Fire Sprinklers Chevrolet, at Indianapolis and potentially two to three more IZOD IndyCar Series events according to the team. Saavedra ran 15 of 17 IZOD IndyCar Series events last season with Conquest Racing, earning a top finish of 11th at Sao Paulo.