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Barber IndyCar test: Power pips Wilson to top spot on final day

Will Power IndyCar Barber

Will Power remained on top on the second and final day of IndyCar testing at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday.

While running time was again shortened by mist and cold conditions, Power still managed to complete 62 laps with a best effort of 1m07.0608s, improving his day one benchmark by 0.6 seconds.

"Hopefully we found a happy place," said the Penske driver. "Obviously the temperature will be a lot different [when we race here], and I think that brings out imbalances in the car.

"It was so cold today and there was so much grip that I think it was hard to get good reads on changes. It's going to be really tight."

Justin Wilson took the honour of being fastest with the new twin-turbo Honda engine, the Brit falling just 0.0038s short of Power's time.

Scott Dixon lapped within two tenths of Power in third, while 16 drivers in total produced fastest laps within a second of the Australian's benchmark.

Andretti rookie Carlos Munoz managed to complete 121 laps over the two days, the highest of anyone in the field, and said that the experience was good preparation for next weekend's season-opener in St Petersburg.

"I learned a lot these two days," he said. "I'm definitely more comfortable at this test than previous ones. I think we've made a lot of progress, and today was better than yesterday. Each time I get in the car is better than the last."

Pos  Driver              Team/Engine      Time        Gap       Laps
 1.  Will Power          Penske/Chevy     1m07.0608s             62
 2.  Justin Wilson       Coyne/Honda      1m07.0646s  +0.0038s   51
 3.  Scott Dixon         Ganassi/Chevy    1m07.0791s  +0.0183s   59
 4.  Takuma Sato         Foyt/Honda       1m07.3314s  +0.2706s   57
 5.  Ryan Briscoe        Ganassi/Chevy    1m07.3705s  +0.3097s   48
 6.  Helio Castroneves   Penske/Chevy     1m07.4004s  +0.3396s   54
 7.  Ryan Hunter-Reay    Andretti/Honda   1m07.4495s  +0.3887s   56
 8.  James Hinchcliffe   Andretti/Honda   1m07.4639s  +0.4031s   60
 9.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Penske/Chevy     1m07.4764s  +0.4156s   61
10.  Simon Pagenaud      Schmidt/Honda    1m07.5235s  +0.4627s   72
11.  Tony Kanaan         Ganassi/Chevy    1m07.6126s  +0.5518s   59
12.  Jack Hawksworth     Herta/Honda      1m07.6542s  +0.5934s   64
13.  Charlie Kimball     Ganassi/Chevy    1m07.7064s  +0.6456s   73
14.  Sebastien Bourdais  KV/Chevy         1m07.7118s  +0.6510s   67
15.  Marco Andretti      Andretti/Honda   1m07.7942s  +0.7334s   71
16.  Carlos Munoz        Andretti/Honda   1m07.9437s  +0.8829s   79
17.  Sebastian Saavedra  KV/Chevy         1m07.9736s  +0.9128s   50
18.  Josef Newgarden     Fisher/Honda     1m08.0757s  +1.0149s   47
19.  Graham Rahal        Rahal/Honda      1m08.0833s  +1.0225s   62
20.  Mikhail Aleshin     Schmidt/Honda    1m08.1970s  +1.1362s   15
21.  Mike Conway         Carpenter/Chevy  1m08.2169s  +1.1561s   70
22.  Oriol Servia        Rahal/Honda      1m08.3943s  +1.3335s   51
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