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Penske trio top second day of Sebring test

The cooler, overcast afternoon proved to be better for grip than the morning session and everyone but Andretti Autosport team mates Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe improved their time in the final session, with Marco's best time coming on Tuesday morning.

"We're definitely going to be gambling a little bit on setup because we've tried a bunch of different concepts," explained Marco. "So now, it is all about picking the right one to roll off there [at St. Petersburg]. We have to picture the types of corners on this track that replicate over there and hopefully go with the right one. On the Chevy side, it is all good."

Meanwhile Hinchcliffe was the only driver not to improve his time from day 1 of the two-day test. During the Tuesday morning session, Hinchcliffe ran off the track just before lunch and executed a pirouette that sent out clouds of dirt into the air, although no harm was done to car or driver.

"We learned what things don't work, so now we'll work on the other things to pull everything together to find the speed we're missing" said Hinchcliffe, insisting that even a lack of progress was positive at this stage.

HVM finally got some decent running in, after losing most of Monday to an electrical gremlins with the Lotus engine which persisted into Tuesday morning. But eventually Simona de Silvestro was able to run 64 laps and post a time of 53.2312s for the test, just over a second off the lead time set by Castroneves.

"Better day today but still needs lots of improvement!" de Silvestro tweeted at the close of the session. "We will get there!"

Wednesday sees Sebring handed over to the Firestone Indy Lights team for their pre-season test session, before the second block of IndyCar teams arrive for their turn on track on Thursday and Friday.

The cars running at the end of the week include JR Hildebrand (Panther-Chevrolet), EJ Viso, Tony Kanaan and Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology-Cheverolet), Scot Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball (Ganassi-Honda), Mike Conway (AJ Foyt-Honda), Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda), Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet), Oriol Servia (Lotus Dreyer & Reinbold Racing), Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing-Honda), Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport-Honda) and - engine availability permitting - Sebastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge of Lotus Dragon Racing.

Will Power wasn't sure how comparable the times later this week will be with those set on Monday and Tuesday.

"Oh, that is right, I forgot about that - Ganassi will be here Thursday," he said when asked. "It is so hard to tell this track, to be honest. It is a very strange circuit for testing, because I don't think there is any place we go that is like it."

Sebring day 2 testing times available.




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Simon Pagenaud in the #77 Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports Honda during pre-season testing at Sebring. March 2012. [Photo Credit: Michael Levitt - LAT for IndyCar Media]
Andretti Autosport team mates James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti confer during pre-season testing at Sebring. March 2012. [Photo Credit: Michael Levitt - LAT for IndyCar Media]
Will Power in the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet during pre-season testing at Sebring. March 2012. [Photo Credit: Michael Levitt - LAT for IndyCar Media]
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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, celebrates his victory Sunday, May 24, 2015, winning the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montoya went from near-last to first, winning the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Chevrolet powered the top four cars in the race. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V-6 IndyCar, crosses the finish line as he races to victory Sunday, May 24, 2015, winning the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Montoya went from near-last to first, winning the Indy 500 for the second time in his career. Will Power (left), driver of the #1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, finishes second. Chevrolet powered the top four cars in the race. (Photo by Andy Frame/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya is congratulated by his Penske team mate Helio Castroneves after clinching victory in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Penske team mates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power race side-by-wide during the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya crosses the line ahead of Penske team mate Will Power to win the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 24 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson resplendent in the Rolling Stones livery for the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda in pit lane on Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday May 22 2015. (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
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Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe steps into the #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 21 2015. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)

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