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Power tops final day of Barber test

Will Power headed a Penske 1-2-3 on the second and final day of IRL testing at Barber Motorsport Park.

Will Power kept Team Penske on top of the pile at the Barber Motorsport Park group test, heading a sweep of the top three spots as the IZOD IndyCar Series teams concluded a two-day session in Alabama.

The Australian, on his second day of running after recovering from back injuries sustained at Infineon Raceway last summer, posted a quickest lap of 1min 09.8724secs on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn circuit to head team-mates Helio Castroneves - on 1min 10.0084secs - and fellow countryman Ryan Briscoe, whose 1min 10.0459secs effort wasn't enough for him to repeat his table-topping performance of day one.

"It was a good day," Power reported, "We certainly found some good things. We went through a lot of things during the two days. Today, towards the end of the day, we focused on getting outright speed, but you can see how tough the championship is going to be. There are so many good drivers and so many good cars and teams. I think it's going to be a very exciting year. You're going to have to really be on your game if you want to win."

Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was fourth, ahead of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Justin Wilson, as the top five featured the same names as on the opening day.

"The test went quite well," Wilson claimed, "We were quick early on and we just continued to work through a few changes. Right at the end of the day, we set our quickest lap, which was on the end lap, and finally I got what I was looking for. It's a shame that the lap times aren't shown on the results sheet, but we ended up pretty quick and I am pleased. I'm looking forward to our next test and then onto Brazil."

Former F1 driver Takuma Sato, participating in his first IZOD IndyCar Series test with KV Racing Technology, enjoyed another impressive outing with the sixth-best time of 1min 10.2070secs, as DRR's Mike Conway and Andretti Autosport's Marco Andretti both managed to improve their position. Hideki Mutoh and rookie Mario Romancini completed the top ten.

"It was a very successful day for the KV Racing Technology team considering the weather," Sato commented, "It was extremely cold this morning, so we were unable to run but, once the temperature had improved, we were out on track and I was able to learn a lot from how the car reacted to the different set-ups we tried, which was good preparation for the Brazil race. However, nothing is ever perfect and I am never satisfied, but I am very positive that I have a good feeling of how the car handles and look forward to going racing in a few weeks time."

"I'm very happy to finish in the top ten today considering it was our first time at this track," Conquest newcomer Romancini commented, "Yesterday, I spent the day just trying to learn the new car, but I felt pretty comfortable today so I was able to work with the engineers on a few different set-ups. We obviously still have some work to do, but I think these two days show that we have potential to be competitive and I'm really looking forward to the Brazil."

Former Indy Pro Series champion - and sometime IRL racer - Jay Howard made his debut for Sarah Fisher Racing, driving 37 laps in Fisher's #67 car.




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Don - Unregistered

February 26, 2010 3:57 PM

A very interesting test. Nice to see WP at the top. Sato and Conway better than expected, and James Rossiter a real surprise. Can't wait to see them driving in anger in Brazil, in a little over two weeks!



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