VeeKay leads 21-car IndyCar test at Barber

David Malsher-Lopez
·3-min read

VeeKay lapped the lush, undulating 2.38-mile course in Birmingham, AL, in 65.6148sec to edge Colton Herta’s Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport by 0.1236sec.

In a test where the top 15 cars unofficially broke the qualifying lap record of 66.6001sec held by Sebastien Bourdais since 2016, Arrow McLaren SP’s Patricio O’Ward was third fastest on a 65.9, one tenth faster than Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport and Jack Harvey of Meyer Shank Racing.

In his first test for Chip Ganassi Racing, 2020 rookie Alex Palou was 11th, just a tenth slower than the team’s pacesetter on the day, Marcus Ericsson, while the driver he replaced Felix Rosenqvist, turned a 66.5, around 0.6sec off Arrow McLaren SP teammate O’Ward.

Reigning Formula E champion and two-time Macau Grand Prix winner Antonio Felix da Costa, got his first taste of IndyCar, as sole representative for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The Portuguese 29-year-old performed well, turning more laps (75) than anyone bar Ericsson and NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson, and with 12th fastest time, he shaded all four Team Penske-Chevrolet drivers.

Scott McLaughlin was 1.3sec off the ultimate pace, but only 0.5sec slower than Penske pacesetter on the day, Josef Newgarden, suggesting the squad was running a different program.

Johnson turned 100 laps and got within 2.8sec of fastest time, and only 1.3sec from next slowest.

Several teams will reconvene at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Nov. 10 for the final team test of the year.

1

21

Rinus VeeKay

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevy

1:05.6148

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65

2

88

Colton Herta

Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport

Honda

1:05.7384

0.1236

74

3

5

Pato O'Ward

Arrow McLaren SP

Chevy

1:05.9059

0.2911

66

4

27

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:06.0179

0.4031

56

5

60

Jack Harvey

Meyer Shank Racing

Honda

1:06.0993

0.4845

45

6

20

Conor Daly

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevy

1:06.1341

0.5193

62

7

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:06.1901

0.5753

54

8

8

Marcus Ericsson

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:06.2568

0.6420

86

9

9

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:06.2579

0.6431

61

10

14

Sebastien Bourdais

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Chevy

1:06.3578

0.7430

61

11

10

Alex Palou

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:06.3646

0.7498

74

12

15

Antonio Felix da Costa

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Honda

1:06.3754

0.7606

75

13

2

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevy

1:06.4103

0.7955

59

14

26

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda

1:06.4412

0.8264

64

15

7

Felix Rosenqvist

Arrow McLaren SP

Chevy

1:06.5011

0.8863

53

16

12

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevy

1:06.6195

1.0047

62

17

22

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevy

1:06.6347

1.0199

61

18

4

Dalton Kellett

AJ Foyt Enterprises

Chevy

1:06.6471

1.0323

70

19

3

Scott McLaughlin

Team Penske

Chevy

1:06.9409

1.3261

73

20

98

Marco Andretti

Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian

Honda

1:07.0890

1.4742

64

21

48

Jimmie Johnson

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

1:08.3984

2.7836

100