Scott Dixon leads Ganassi sweep of Sebring IndyCar test

Scott Dixon led his three Chip Ganassi Racing team-mates in a 1-2-3-4 at Sebring in the final IndyCar test of the off-season

Scott Dixon leads Ganassi sweep of Sebring IndyCar test

Sebring times traditionally mean little, especially with most teams being cautious in revealing when they were running a qualifying lap simulation.

But Dixon's 51.13-second lap time on Tuesday and Ganassi's monopoly of the leading positions suggests good progress for the team as it adjusts to the Honda aerokit, having swapped from Chevrolet over the winter.

Charlie Kimball, Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan were next up behind Dixon.

Will Power narrowly edged his reigning champion Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud for fifth, with Helio Castroneves turning 86 laps, the most of anyone, in seventh.

Castroneves' newest team-mate Josef Newgarden was feeling unwell and could only complete 18 laps, but still placed eighth.

Ed Jones lost over two hours of track time while the Dale Coyne Racing team searched for an electrical gremlin, and was not accompanied by his team-mate, as Sebastien Bourdais had completed a test day earlier in the month.

Mikhail Aleshin, in his first road course experience of an IndyCar since last year's season finale at Sonoma, did an impressive job to draw within 0.03s of Schmidt Peterson team-mate James Hinchcliffe as they took 11th and 12th behind AJ Foyt pair Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly.

Andretti Autosport-Honda will run on Wednesday instead, while SPM stays on to test sportscar racer Pipo Derani and AutoGP champion Luis Michael Dorrbecker.

SEBRING TEST TIMES:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                 Time    Gap
 1.  Scott Dixon        Ganassi Dallara-Honda    51.13s    
 2.  Charlie Kimball    Ganassi Dallara-Honda    51.42s  +0.29s
 3.  Max Chilton        Ganassi Dallara-Honda    51.56s  +0.43s
 4.  Tony Kanaan        Ganassi Dallara-Honda    51.75s  +0.62s
 5.  Will Power         Penske Dallara-Chevy     51.75s  +0.62s
 6.  Simon Pagenaud     Penske Dallara-Chevy     51.77s  +0.64s
 7.  Helio Castroneves  Penske Dallara-Chevy     51.79s  +0.66s
 8.  Josef Newgarden    Penske Dallara-Chevy     51.93s  +0.80s
 9.  Carlos Munoz       Foyt Dallara-Chevy       51.97s  +0.84s
10.  Conor Daly         Foyt Dallara-Chevy       51.99s  +0.86s
11.  James Hinchcliffe  Schmidt Dallara-Honda    52.01s  +0.88s
12.  Mikhail Aleshin    Schmidt Dallara-Honda    52.04s  +0.91s
13.  Spencer Pigot      Carpenter Dallara-Chevy  52.07s  +0.94s
14.  Graham Rahal       Rahal Dallara-Honda      52.13s  +1.00s
15.  JR Hildebrand      Carpenter Dallara-Chevy  52.28s  +1.15s
16.  Ed Jones           Coyne Dallara-Honda      52.36s  +1.23s
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