"It was a great opportunity to complete as many laps as I did under the circumstances here today," the Briton said, "We were hoping to do a little better, but as long as we learned something as a team, the test was beneficial."
Team owner/driver Fisher, who originally intended on sharing her car with Howard, opted instead to let Howard get seat time.
"We changed our plan slightly with Jay due to our on-track time availability being shorter today," she explained, "We only had a 12-4pm window, along with a big accident taking up an hour of that time. We thought it was within our best interests to keep Jay in car for the entire three hours available and learn as much as we could about the car for when we come back.
"We saw him and the team making big gains with an hour-and-a-half to go, which will give us a good starting point come race weekend in April. We did learn a lot and improved as a team over our test in Sebring, which is the bottom line at day's end."
Some 21 car/driver combinations racked up 2009 laps across the three sessions, with all posting their best marks on Thursday and the top 14 being separated by just 0.8399secs. However, the second day, which began at noon due to the continuing cold temperatures, was further delayed just after the start by an accident involving reigning champion Dario Franchitti, whose car slid off at turn twelve and made hard contact with the barrier, ending his test after two laps. Franchitti was uninjured in the incident, but the session resumed nearly an hour later after repairs to the guardrail and grass. Reigning rookie of the year Raphael Matos also saw his test end early following an incident later in the afternoon.
The Firestone Indy Lights teams are due to take to the track today [26 February] for a one-day test.