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    Alexander Rossi led the way for Honda during a weather-interrupted NTT INDYCAR SERIES “Spring Training" test at the Circuit of the Americas, posting the second-fastest overall lap time on Wednesday afternoon to head the 13-driver Honda field.


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Rossi Leads Honda Runners at INDYCAR “Spring Training"

Circuit of the Americas, February 12, 2020

  • Alexander Rossi posts second-fastest time in weather-interrupted test
  • Aeroscreen makes successful public debut
  • 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES opens March 15 in St. Petersburg, Florida

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 12, 2020) – Alexander Rossi led the way for Honda during a weather-interrupted NTT INDYCAR SERIES “Spring Training" test this week at the Circuit of the Americas, posting the second-fastest overall lap time on Wednesday afternoon to head the 13-driver Honda field.

Alexander Rossi (#27)

Alexander Rossi (#27)

Cold temperatures and persistent showers severely limited track time for all competitors on Tuesday, opening day of the two-day event, with only a handful of drivers venturing out for brief “installation" laps.  But conditions improved on Wednesday, with morning showers giving way to dry conditions and warming temperatures as the day progressed.  As a result, the session was extended to 6 p.m. CST and nearly all of the 27 drivers in attendance made at least one “sticker tire" run in the closing hours.

At the end of a frenetic afternoon of experimentation and simulated qualifying runs, Andretti Autosport's Rossi ended the test second-fastest overall, just over two-tenths of a second behind pace setter Will Power.  Colton Herta, who led the way at last year's Spring Training before scoring his first series win here, ended the test fifth overall in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Five-time series champion Scott Dixon ended the test eighth fastest, with his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Felix Rosenqvist 11th.  Between them, rookie Alex Palou made an impressive debut to finish the test ninth quickest in his Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh Honda.  Marco Andretti ran 12th overall, followed by Meyer Shank Racing's Jack Harvey, 13th and another former series champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay, in 14th. 

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Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) second fastest during NTT INDYCAR SERIES “Spring Training"

"It was obviously great to finally get back on track. It's been a long offseason. The waiting around for weather was hard, but I think the team did a good job. We got through a lot of our run plan with no dramas, despite the delays. The Aeroscreen was tentatively less dramatic than everyone was expecting it to be, and didn't have any real issues until some slight, reflection issues at the end [of the test], which we should be able to rectify. So that was positive. We worked through a good test list and found a pretty decent place in adapting the car with the 2020 needs within a half day. Generally, I'm pretty happy."

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Results

IndyCar Series 2020
COTA Open Test: Circuit of the Americas

Rank Driver (Team)
1 Will Power (Team Penske)
2 Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport)
3 Scott McLaughlin (Team Penske)
4 Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)
5 Colton Herta (Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport)
6 Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
7 Oliver Askew (Arrow McLaren SP)
8 Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
9 Alex Palou (Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh)
10 Pato O'Ward (Arrow McLaren SP)
11 Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing)
12 Marco Andretti (Andretti Herta With Marco & Curb-Agajanian)
13 Jack Harvey (Meyer Shank Racing)
14 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)
16 Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
17 Zach Veach (Andretti Autosport)
19 Marcus Ericsson (Chip Ganassi Racing)
20 Santino Ferrucci (Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan)
22 Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

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