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IndyCar: Castroneves fastest at Fontana

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Khatir Soltani
IndyCar Series’ current leader Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) set the fastest time of the day during official testing held on the 2-mile oval Auto Club Speedway at Fontana.

Castroneves was able to reach a speed of more than 218.3mph which was at least 2 mph faster than the speed set by Andretti Autosport's Marco Andretti's 216.9 mph tour. More than 23 drivers were present for this session in preparation for the grand finale that will be held on the Southern California circuit.

Chevy drivers posted the four fastest times on Tuesday, with Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, who sits second in the championship, running the fastest lap for Honda with a 216.2 mph lap, which was good enough for fifth.

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Will Power at Fontana. (Photo: IndyCar)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Graham Rahal, who set the slowest speed of the day, encountered engine issues at the beginning of the test and ran very few laps before parking his car.

Honda's brand-new twin-turbo V6 engine turned approximately 50 laps during the afternoon with Schmidt Hamilton Racing's Simon Pagenaud at the controls. No issues were reported and speeds in the high 211mph range were set by the Frenchman.

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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