Around the pits: HPD technical director resigns, IndyCar relaxes engine-change rule
By: Autoweek Personnel on March 18, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Will Power aided to give Team Penske a sweep of top-velocity honors at the 2-day IndyCar Series check at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama on Tuesday.
The IndyCar Series concluded its 2-day open test at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday, with Group Penske’;s Will Electrical power again posting the fastest lap time.
But Justin Wilson was second in a Honda of Dale Coyne Racing, and that was only 1 of the nuggets coming out of a session with the 22-auto area in one particular location at one time.
All around the IndyCar Series
— Roger Griffiths, technical director of Honda Performance Development’;s IndyCar plan, has resigned unexpectedly. Specifics haven’;t emerged, but he apparently left the organization on Thursday. HPD has not announced a reorganization plan.
— The 10-grid penalty for engine adjustments before the minimum mileage has been attained is going away, which will make figuring out the starting grid at races significantly less perplexing. The method was most ridiculous at Long Seashore in 2012 when all the Chevrolets had been withdrawn for a new spec, and the grid was overturned for the race.
— Ed Carpenter Racing joined KV Racing Technologies as teams intending to include extra cars for the approaching Indianapolis 500 but have not nevertheless named drivers. Townsend Bell is expected to be KV’;s choice Carpenter’;s could be J.R. Hildebrand, who finished 2nd in the 2011 500.
— Dale Coyne nonetheless hasn’;t confirmed a 2nd total-season driver, but he’;ll have such a vehicle. Wilson said Coyne is down to 1 or 2 drivers.
— Chevrolet showed off its new engine, full with new fuel injectors, a twenty % more substantial plenum, inlets and cylinder valves and ports.
— As for on-track incidents, rookie Mikhail Aleshin went off in turn 13, causing sufficient harm to the undertray that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ended his day. Oriol Servia spun into the gravel in flip 5, and Helio Castroneves necessary a tow-in with an unspecified mechanical problem.
IndyCar test at Barber Motorsports Park, Tuesday’;s times:
1. Will Power, Group Penske, one:07.061
2. Justin Wilson, Dale Coyne Racing, one:07.065
3. Scott Dixon, Ganassi Racing, one:07.079
4. Takuma Sato, A.J. Foyt Racing, 1:07.331
5. Ryan Briscoe, Ganassi Racing, one:07.371
6. Helio Castroneves, Staff Penske, one:07.400
6. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport, 1:07.450
8. James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport, one:07.464
9. Juan Pablo Montoya, Crew Penske, one:07.476
8. Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, 1:07.524
eleven. Tony Kanaan, Ganassi Racing, 1:07.613
12. Jack Hawksworth, Bryan Herta Autosport, one:07.654
13. Charlie Kimball, Ganassi Racing, one:07.706
14. Sebastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology, one:07.712
15. Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport, 1:07.794
sixteen. Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport, one:07.944
17. Sebastian Saavedra, KV Racing Technology, one:07.974
18. Josef Newgarden, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, one:08.076
19. Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, 1:08.083
twenty. Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, one:08.197
21. Mike Conway, Ed Carpenter Racing, 1:08.217
22. Oriol Servia, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, one:08.394
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