Pagenaud leads Meyer Shank 1-2 in the second Sebring Test

The former Penske driver lapped the course in 52.11 seconds to just beat his former and current teammate Helio Castroneves, with whom he won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona last month.

Castroneves, meanwhile, was just a few hundredths quicker than the fastest of the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda quartet, Marcus Ericsson, on the 1.7m version of the course.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay was the fastest Chevrolet driver in fourth place, just ahead of another Chevy car, AJ Foyt Racing’s newcomer Kyle Kirkwood. The Indy Lights champion’s No. 14 Foyt car had beaten the morning times ahead of Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon and Alex Palou. But he couldn’t match his 52.286s in the afternoon and slipped to fifth place.

Defending champion Palou was sixth ahead of Conor Daly’s second Carpenter car, while six-time champion Dixon was just a hundredth behind.

Callum Ilott, who had started the last three races of 2021, was an encouraging ninth for Junco’s Hollinger Racing Chevy.

David Malukas, who finished second in last year’s Lights Championship, passed Takuma Sato, his Dale Coyne Racing-Honda teammate, by just 0.08 seconds. The two-time Indy 500 winner enjoyed his first test with the team and developed his working relationship with veteran race engineer Don Bricker.

Jimmie Johnson’s 52.95 in the Carvana-backed #48 Ganassi car was enough to give him 12th fastest time ahead of the other two Foyt cars of Dalton Kellett (#4) and rookie Tatiana Calderon.

Calderon was committed to driving the No. 11 Foyt car on all road and street courses that year.

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