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Mid-Ohio IndyCar testing: Ryan Hunter-Reay fastest for Andretti

Hunter-Reay leads Mid-Ohio testRyan Hunter-Reay claimed the fastest time on a rain-interrupted IndyCar test day at Mid-Ohio on Wednesday.

Most of the morning was lost to poor weather, but once conditions improved the reigning champion was able to complete 39 laps with a best time of 1m05.6358s, putting him just 0.1 seconds ahead of Simon Pagenaud, who in turn had a similar margin over Will Power.

Australian James Davison, who will make his IndyCar debut in the second Dale Coyne entry at this weekend's race, finished up with the 21st best time and told the official series site that it was a good start.

"It's the day I've worked for my entire life and to see my name on the timing charts with all these superstars is a pretty cool feeling," said Davison.

"Today is a head start on Friday. I've had limited track time and it's good to see that [team-mate] Justin [Wilson] is running well so we can learn from his car."

The test also marked the first appearance by multiple GP2 race winner Luca Filippi in the BHA entry; the Italian completing 54 laps on his way to setting the 17th-fastest time.

In addition to new faces in the cockpit, teams also had an opportunity to try out a new aluminum steering arm, which has been released by Dallara in an effort to minimise the likelihood of hand and wrist injuries in certain types of accidents.

The part, which is not mandatory, will be available to make its race debut this weekend should any teams opt to use it.

Pos  Driver               Team/Engine      Time        Gap       Laps
 1.  Ryan Hunter-Reay     Andretti/Chevy   1m05.6358s            49
 2.  Simon Pagenaud       Schmidt/Honda    1m05.7965s  +0.1607s  62
 3.  Will Power           Penske/Chevy     1m05.8206s  +0.1848s  52
 4.  Sebastien Bourdais   Dragon/Chevy     1m05.9654s  +0.3296s  61
 5.  Helio Castroneves    Penske/Chevy     1m05.9710s  +0.3352s  50
 6.  Scott Dixon          Ganassi/Honda    1m06.1025s  +0.4667s  50
 7.  James Hinchcliffe    Andretti/Chevy   1m06.1100s  +0.4742s  37
 8.  Justin Wilson        Coyne/Honda      1m06.1541s  +0.5183s  32
 9.  Marco Andretti       Andretti/Chevy   1m06.1716s  +0.5358s  37
10.  Charlie Kimball      Ganassi/Honda    1m06.2360s  +0.6002s  71
11.  James Jakes          Rahal/Honda      1m06.2761s  +0.6403s  47
12.  Oriol Servia         Panther/Chevy    1m06.3740s  +0.7382s  61
13.  Tony Kanaan          KV/Chevy         1m06.4072s  +0.7714s  57
14.  Takuma Sato          Foyt/Honda       1m06.4743s  +0.8385s  52
15.  EJ Viso              Andretti/Chevy   1m06.5502s  +0.9144s  48
16.  Simona de Silvestro  KV/Chevy         1m06.6743s  +1.0385s  48
17.  Sebastian Saavedra   Dragon/Chevy     1m06.7436s  +1.1078s  40
18.  Luca Filippi         Herta/Honda      1m06.7579s  +1.1221s  56
19.  Tristan Vautier      Schmidt/Honda    1m06.8079s  +1.1721s  54
20.  Josef Newgarden      Fisher/Honda     1m06.8416s  +1.2058s  32
21.  James Davison        Coyne/Honda      1m07.0270s  +1.3912s  39
22.  Dario Franchitti     Ganassi/Honda    1m07.1307s  +1.4949s  16
23.  Ed Carpenter         Carpenter/Chevy  1m07.5398s  +1.9040s  60
24.  Graham Rahal         Rahal/Honda      1m18.6062s  +12.9704s 3
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