High Speeds During Texas IndyCar Test
Six other IZOD IndyCar Series drivers (Ed Carpenter, Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal, Simon Pagenaud and James Jakes) were on the track in the afternoon through early evening in blustery conditions.
“It’s good to be back on a speedway,” said Sato, who kicked off the season with a front-row start at St. Pete in the No. 14 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing. “It feels really fast when you jump in the car for the first time. It got comfortable quite quickly so we moved on to the test program.
“Temperature-wise track conditions were good but there was so much gusty wind that it made the car unpredictable – it felt so different from one side of the track to the other. It was a good exercise to try to achieve stability of the car because in conditions like today you really need a stable car.”
Vautier made mental notes from the multiple laps, working with cockpit controls, and by watching other drivers on the track.
“There’s lots of grip and you can really feel the compression in the corners, and with the wind it was pretty tricky,” he said. “The car can react differently from lap to lap by the way it moves around, so that was helpful in general. It might be even trickier in June when we come back because it will be significantly warmer.
“The challenge coming back here will be all the things you have to do with other people on the track. Everything will be happen very fast on this big oval.”