Although the rain has limited the number of laps in the first free practice and prevented their participation in the second, Helio Castroneves fulfilled the goal set for this first day of activities in Long Beach, site of the third race of the IZOD IndyCar Series on Sunday. “Our goal was to verify the operation of the engine and the Chevrolet V6 Turbo was fully approved,” said the leader of the championship.
Ninth fastest of the day (01min20s8696 and a total of 12 laps), Castroneves regretted that new arrangements could not be made and felt bad for the attending crowd. “It was a shame that it has rained a lot today. I feel mostly for the fans who were here in Long Beach, but I hope we have a better weather from now on, “said Castroneves, who will be racing in the California street circuit with the blue colors of the Auto Club of Southern California (AAA) in his Dallara DW12 Chevrolet #3.