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Pagenaud Paces Final Day of IndyCar Testing at Sebring

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Image courtesy of Matt Fraver / Penske Entertainment

Simon Pagenaud topped the charts on the final day of testing at Sebring International Raceway.

The 37-year-old Frenchman put down a flying lap of 115.364 mph (52.1135 seconds) in the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda in a preseason test that included 14 NTT IndyCar Series teams.

Defending and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves ended the day in the runner-up spot at just 0.08 of a second behind his MSR teammate. The duo were closely trailed by the No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Marcus Ericsson, who was 0.0968 of a second off the top time.

Rinus VeeKay was the highest Chevrolet in fourth after a lap at 115.019 mph (52.9295 seconds) in the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing entry, while rookie Kyle Kirkwood put AJ Foyt Racing fifth.

Reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou ended sixth, followed by Conor Daly, Scott Dixon, Callum Ilott and David Malukas.

Although the session was significant for everyone, it was possibly the most vital for Takuma Sato, with Tuesday marking his first laps in the No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing Honda. The two-time Indy 500 winner pushed to a best pace at 113.857 mph.

Unofficial Afternoon Session Times

PosNo.DriverTeamMakeLaptime
160Simon PagenaudMeyer Shank RacingHonda52.113s
206Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank RacingHonda52.194s
38Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi RacingHonda52.210s
421Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter RacingChevy52.269s
514Kyle KirkwoodA.J. Foyt RacingChevy52.338s
610Alex PalouChip Ganassi RacingHonda52.377s
720Conor DalyEd Carpenter RacingChevy52.414s
89Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda52.422s
977Callum IlottJuncos Hollinger RacingChevy52.529s
1018David MalukasDale Coyne Racing with HMD MotorsportsHonda52.723s
1151Takuma SatoDale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware RacingHonda52.802s
1248Jimmie JohnsonChip Ganassi RacingHonda52.947s
134Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt RacingChevy53.025s
1411Tatiana CalderonA.J. Foyt RacingChevy53.047s
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