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IndyCar: Seven teams gather at Sebring

Eleven drivers, representing no less than seven IndyCar Series teams, gathered for Dec. 18-19 sessions at Sebring International Raceway in what will be the final test days before the holiday season.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Andretti Autosport, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, A.J. Foyt Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing were on the track.

Several of the Honda teams testing throughout the day were developing the twin turbocharged engines that the manufacturer will use in 2014.

Among them was Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe who got his first taste of a Honda-powered engine since the team announced it would be switching to the supplier for the 2014 season.

Also testing was series addition Mikhail Aleshin in the No. 55 SMP Racing entry. The 26-year-old Russian ran many laps with teammate Simon Pagenaud also testing in the No. 77 car.

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Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. (Photo: IndyCar)

Takuma Sato tested his A.J. Foyt Racing car one day after the announcement that he would return to the team for the 2014 season while 2012 Pro Mazda champion and 2013 Indy Lights race winner Jack Hawksworth participated in his second IndyCar test, this time with Dale Coyne Racing.

Mike Conway, who will compete with Ed Carpenter Racing on road/street courses next season, got behind the wheel of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka entry for the team.