The IndyCar Series is preparing to start a new season on March 5 on the circuit of Saint Petersburg, Floridabut first it is the turn to carry out the tests to begin to internalize with the new cars, especially for Augustine Canapino that this year will compete with the second single-seater of the Juncos Hollinger Racing.
Agustín began the day being one of the first to turn on the route of the Thermal Club. In his first laps he made significant progress and went from 16 seconds behind with Marcus Armstrongprovisional leader, until 8, then 6 and continued polishing sectors to finish a 1s4777 of the Australian with a time of 1m42s2995. Provisionally it was located in fourth place while waiting for the rest of the competitors.
With half an hour to go to finish the first batch, the ‘titan’ turned again, already occupying 21st place. This time he was in charge of splitting in the third sector, achieving similar times in that area of the track to the cars in the lot of the first 15. Once the first test was over, the Argentine finished with 18 laps to his credit and in 22nd place, 2.2666 seconds behind Colton Herta, owner of the best time.
In the second session, half an hour after starting 78 of the JHR got lost in turn 8, which generated the neutralization with a red flag. Agustín managed to return to the pits and the action resumed. Once he was able to get back out, he managed a turn of 1m43s5465 as the best record before a new stoppage of the batch.
With the passing of the turns he continued to improve his times and entering the last hour of activity he achieved a good 1m41s3226, 1s9214 behind Alex Palou, the provisional leader. After several inactive minutes, he went out again with just over half an hour left to continue adding laps and lowering times, to the point that he got into the 1m40s4464 to be twentieth and stay alone 1s0743 of Hertaagain the best of the session.
The activity for the member of Juncos Hollinger Racing will continue tomorrow, the day that will culminate the preseason tests in Palm Springs. Hours will be the same as today.