Felix received a pre-season boost by recording the second-fastest time in Friday’s IndyCar test at Laguna Seca, lapping just 0.04s off the ultimate pace.
The one-day test commenced on a dry track in the morning, with Felix gradually working his way down to a 1m11.329s best – a lap that would hold up well against the opposition.
As a matter of fact, only one driver – Carlin’s Max Chilton – eventually lapped slightly quicker, shaving 0.042s off Felix’s effort.
With rain then soaking the track during the lunch break, the morning times remained unchanged throughout the afternoon, which featured highly limited action as teams saw little or no point in running in the treacherous conditions.
Felix’s performance meant he ended the day not only second fastest overall, but as the leading Chip Ganassi Racing representative (five-time champion Scott Dixon was eighth) and as the only rookie to make the top ten.
A total of 21 drivers appeared in the test.
“It’s been a really good day, although cut short by the rain this afternoon,” says Felix. “Testing is only testing and reading too much into the lap times is never a good idea, but regardless of that, this was unquestionably positive. I didn’t have to push like crazy to get on the pace; it came quite naturally. So far so good, but we still have a lot of work to do before the start of the season.”
“The track is really special. I’ve been dreaming of driving here for years, and it was just as cool as I hoped. The Corkscrew is something else and you really don’t understand how steep it is until you see it for yourself. It was very slippery to go through it, but great fun. There aren’t many corners like that. I’m really looking forward to the race here in September.”
Felix and the rest of the IndyCar fraternity will now move on to Texas, where the only official pre-season test takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. That test will be streamed LIVE on IndyCar’s Facebook, Periscope and YouTube platforms.
IndyCar pre-season test – Laguna Seca – 9 February