Will Power Again Puts Chevrolet V6 Power on Top at Barber Open Test for the IZOD IndyCar Series

Story posted - Mar 13 2013 10:07 PM

IZOD INDYCAR SERIES
BARBER OPEN TEST DAYS
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST PRACTICE NOTES AND QUOTES - DAY TWO
MARCH 13, 2013

Will Power Again Puts Chevrolet V6 Power on Top at Barber Open Test for the IZOD IndyCar Series

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 13, 2012) - For the second consecutive day, Will Power behind the wheel of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet topped the leaderboard at the end of the second day of the Barber Open Test for the IZOD IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park. Power, who has won two of the three races, held to-date at the road course, just outside Birmingham, Alabama, set the fastest lap with a time of 01:07.1329, and a speed of 123.337 m.p.h.

Giving Chevrolet V6 IndyCar the top-two in the final order was James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy.com Andretti Autosport Chevrolet with a lap time of 01:07.3839 at 122.878 m.p.h.

"It has been a very productive two-day test for our Chevrolet teams," said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Motorsports Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. "We have learned a great deal for the start of the season; especially for the race here at Barber Motorsports Park the first weekend in April. Testing gives the drivers and team engineers, working closely with our technical partners, the ability to evaluate a variety of setups and calibrations to see how the car reacts. We are looking forward to the first race on the streets of St. Petersburg and getting this season started."

Other Team Chevy drivers with strong performances that ranked them in the top-10 in the final day of pre-season testing were: Tony Kanaan, No. 11 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet - 4th quickest; defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet - 5th fastest and Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet - 9th fastest.

The season opening race for Team Chevy in the IZOD IndyCar Series is Sunday, March 24, 2013 on the Streets of St. Petersburg (FL).

TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTES:

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FASTEST IN DAY-TWO TESTING: ON THE TWO-DAYS OF TESTING:
"Good start for the spring training. I think we got some good stuff to come back here for the race. It's just phenomenal how tight it is up front all the way through the field, and also just how fast these cars are around here, it's just unbelievable."
ON WHAT HE'LL BE DOING LEADING UP TO ST. PETE:
"Resting. That's it. I've got to go to Indianapolis for a Meijer appearance and then just rest up, get ready and start the season."
ON THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS IN TODAY'S TEST SESSION: "I think towards the end of the day everyone starts putting on tires, starts going for big laps, and there's always a couple of mistakes. That's normal for these sessions.

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, NO. 27 GODADDY.COM ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"I think it's been a pretty productive test so far, the GoDaddy car was pretty good here last year on race weekend so we certainly had a good base to start from. We had a lot of things to test, with a long off season it give the engineers a lot of time to dream up new fixes and magic pieces so we had to test a lot of those. I think having four cars really helped us get through the things we wanted to. The Go Daddy car ran well both days and it was good to be up near the sharp end of the grid, but ultimately it's just testing the track conditions will be a bit different when we come here for the race. But hopefully what we learn here translates and we can be competitive when we roll off the trailer in a couple weeks.
"The lap times were incredibly quick so we had to re-learn a couple of things because we weren't expecting to go that fast. We rolled off with something pretty strong, and I think we were in the top three for all four sessions. That's not a bad place to be. We still have some work to do, but it was good to get through some of the stuff we developed over the winter and move on to St. Pete."

TONY KANAAN, NO. 11 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"It's a good feeling to go into the first race of the season after a productive test like this. Being here for two days gave us the ability to sort out the small bugs that we had on the first outing and work through our full test schedule. We made some good progress with the car, the new Firestone tires are working great and our Chevy engine was flawless. I'm ready for the green flag in St. Pete."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, NO. 1 DHL ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"It was a productive couple days at Barber. We need to close the gap, but we have some things to work on. We definitely didn't optimize our quickest run of the day on new tires. We know what's in the car - we need to close the gap to whittle on the Penske boys but all in all the team did a good job over the test and I'm looking forward to the season with the DHL car."

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"Another good day for the Hitachi Team Penske Chevy today and it is good to see our team leading the way. The cars were really fast again and I'm guessing there will be some sore drivers tomorrow. Things got a little hectic out there towards the end but we were able to get what we needed here and now it is on to St. Pete for hopefully another win."

SIMONA DE SILVESTRO, NO. 78 NUCLEAR ENTERGY AREVA KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"A good day; I think it was a good two days for us. It's cool to finish this testing before the first race and to be running in the top ten all day, so that's a good thing. But, it's still testing. Now we have to start focusing on St. Pete. During race weekends things are busier and there's less track activity so we really have to nail it every time and hopefully we'll be able to do that. I'm really happy with the team. They've done a great job. I'll think we'll have a really good car for the Barber race."

ORIOL SERVIA, NO. 22 PANTHER DREYER & REINBOLD RACING CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"It was a promising test. It was a good test, but still not the performance we want. Yesterday we were very competitive, we were seventh at the end overall but feeling we still had much more room to improve. Today we tried a direction that didn't really work and by the time we got it back, I spun and we ran out of time to put a good lap together at the end. I am happy because the car feels good and we are continuing to improve, but you always want to finish up top. It's only test and we'll soon see how are in St. Pete. We're making good progress and I am pleased with everything we've been learning."

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 2 IZOD TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"We still have a long ways to go in the learning process but I was pleased with some of the steps we were able to make today in the No. 2 IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet. Obviously these Chevy engines are fast when you look at the best two times, now it is my job to start getting in front of the car and learn how to turn that speed into better lap times."

E.J. VISO, NO. 5 TEAM VENEZUELA/PDVSA CITGO ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"Testing these two days in the No. 5 car was great. In Day One I was able to finish in the top five with a strong car. For Day Two we took the day with a different approach and went ahead and tried and test items that later on are going to be very useful. It definitely was a couple of successful days knowing that we were able to be in the front whenever we had the right things. I'm just looking forward to this year - I can see that we have a very strong line-up of drivers and personnel on the team to keep achieving great results. On behalf of Team Venezuela, I can say that Vicente Tralciis is really excited about his partnership and we are looking forward to the first race to start seeing the fruits of all the effort and dedication we have put in to make this happen."

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 4 NATIONAL GUARD PANTHER RACING CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"It was great to get back into the car and be back at the track with all the Panther boys. Barber was a two-test but we had a very busy couple of days, and I think it's because we felt like we had to get through a lot of different items because the start of the season is coming up so quick.

"Overall I think it was a very productive test; we were able to test a lot of different aspects on the car, the boys and I got some pit stop practice, and the new Chevy engine ran great. We definitely found some interesting things, and now the trick will be to go back and understand how it all fits together best for different circumstances. We're definitely looking forward to St. Pete."

MARCO ANDRETTI, NO. 25 RC COLA ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"We got a lot done, but just not a lot of forward progress for No. 25 car today. It was a disappointing day, but obviously our teammates were quick, so we can look at what they are doing and be ready to come back in a couple weeks."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 7 DRAGON RACING CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"Today we were not able to find the solution at Barber. It was a long day; we did a lot of laps trying different things and just couldn't figure it out. We will go back to the shop and take a look at things, so we can be back to where we need to be."

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA, NO. 6 DRAGON RACING CHEVROLET:
ON OFF-TRACK INCIDENT TODAY DURING TESTING:
"The car stepped out. It's been quite nervous yesterday and today. Coming out of Turn 9, it started to slide. I caught it once. I caught it twice and the third time, I couldn't do anything. It's small damage, but it's not the way we wanted to stop. There are a lot of improvements that we wanted to be doing."

ON THE TWO DAYS OF TESTING:
"Today was our chance to use a bit of strategy this season where having a teammate is key in this situation. Sebastien (Bourdais) went a very different direction which helps us find different components for the set-up. Unfortunately, I only was able to complete 17 laps due to small mishap in turn 9, causing my day to end much earlier. I am very confident on the job my teammate is doing a good job and will be able to give us the right information for when we come back to race here next month."

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY'S PREMIUM ULTRA VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET:
ON TODAY'S TESTING:
"The conditions seemed to be better this morning for us. We were trying some changes this afternoon and it wasn't the direction we wanted. So we went a different way and I was trying hard on used tires. Then I slid off between turns 13-14. And I got in the guard rail. But I'm fine and the car isn't bad. Just the front wing a little. It's too bad because we were going to put on new tires at the end. Unfortunately, we didn't get the chance. But overall, we were able to get some good direction going into the St. Pete race next week."

 
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