Test Patterns: McLaughlin, Penske Rebound at Barber

With 16 races remaining in the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule, teams are taking advantage of the break before the PPG 375 on April 2 at Texas Motor Speedway to test in preparation for the march toward the Astor Challenge Cup. That track will host the fourth race of the 2023 season, the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix on Sunday, April 30. McLaughlin started sixth and was dueling for the lead late in the race March 5 in St. Petersburg when he collided with Romain Grosjean, with both ending up in the tire barriers in Turn 4. After all, he won three races and three NTT P1 Awards last season. Palou finished eighth at St. Pete and ended up fourth in testing Monday at Barber in the No. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding wasn’t the strongest start for Team Penske, which won the pole and race in 2022 with McLaughlin. McLaughlin was the only Penske driver to make the Firestone Fast Six in NTT P1 Award qualifying at St. Pete, and Power was the team’s only driver to finish in the top 10, with a seventh in his No. But the winningest team in INDYCAR SERIES history regained its footing at the Barber test, with all three drivers ending up in the top five. McLaughlin led, followed by Power, with Josef Newgarden ending up fifth in the No.

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