Testing Report: Barber Open Test
LEEDS, Ala. March 13, 2013—Takuma Sato and the ABC Supply team ended on a high note at the IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park today.
Sato laid down his quickest lap of 122.208mph--the fifth quickest of the afternoon—in his final outing in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda; in fact, it was his final lap before the checkered flag ended the session for the 25 cars on track.
“I think we made good progress and it was a productive day, however there is a lot to be done,” said Sato. “At one stage we tried many things which didn’t give us the results we were expecting so we honestly struggled a little bit. But we collected very valuable data and put it all together and improved the performance so that was good. We’ll go back to the shop, analyze all the data and hopefully find more speed. Overall, it was a good test and the whole team did a good job.”
Will Power posted the quickest lap of 123.33mph in his Chevrolet-powered car. He was followed by James Hinchcliffe’s Chevrolet (122.878mph), and the Hondas of Justin Wilson (122.667mph) and Scott Dixon (122.327mph).
“It was great to get a good lap time and be towards the top of the chart, but it’s obvious the series is as competitive as ever,” said Team Director Larry Foyt. “Takuma did a great job so we gained a lot of data which will help us prepare for St. Pete. We’re excited to get this season started.”
In the combined results over the two-day test session, Sato ended up seventh overall as drivers Tony Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay posted quicker laps in their Chevrolets in the morning session today.
The IZOD IndyCar Series season kicks off with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 24. It will be televised live on NBC Sports Network starting at 12pm ET.