A busy second day of private NTT IndyCar Series testing concluded at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday with Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward leading the 17 drivers in attendance.
The only significant adversity experienced on Wednesday came with the No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing Chevy driven by Sebastien Bourdais, who hit the wall exiting Turn 2. The Frenchman was unhurt in the accident that took place within the last 30 minutes of the checkered flag.
“We had a good day and tested a lot of things,” O’Ward told RACER. “For me and the team, it was great to get a lot of changes under our belt for when we come back. But man, it was windy, and man, it was cold, and that’s a lot different than it normally is.”
The 2018 Indy Lights champion got away with a spin entering pit lane on Wednesday, and said the luck continued as drivers lapped in packs, which provided big jumps in speed through the aerodynamic tows.
“It’s always looks good when you’re the fastest, but really, the first few positions were because of big tows,” he said. “But still, I think we were in the first five cars without a tow, so we did well, and I’m feeling a lot more confident coming back to Texas for the race.”
SPEEDS (All unofficial):
Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevy, 222.25mph
Alexander Rossi, No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, 220.84mph
Jack Harvey, No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda, 220.54mph
Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Team Penske Chevy, 220.45mph
Will Power, No. 12 Team Penske Chevy, 220.41mph
Felix Rosenqvist, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevy, 220.07mph
Colton Herta, No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda, 219.62mph
Rinus VeeKay, No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy, 219.58mph
Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Team Penske Chevy, 218.91mph
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 14 A.J. Foyt Racing Chevy, 218.73mph
Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevy, 218.66mph
Scott McLaughlin, No. 3 Team Penske Chevy, 218.16mph
Takuma Sato, No. 30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda, 217.81mph
Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda, 217.75mph
James Hinchcliffe, No. 29 Andretti Autosport Honda, 217.46mph
Graham Rahal, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda, 216.94mph
Dalton Kellett, No. 4 A.J. Foyt Racing Chevy, 216.70mph