Leist Tops Rookie Test On Thursday In Phoenix

Ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ open test at the ISM Speedway, they gave the rookie drivers in the field for 2018 or drivers that haven’t raced on short ovals in the series before the track to themselves on Thursday. In that session, Matheus Leist topped the speed charts with a lap of 184.236 mph in his No. 4 Chevrolet.

Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist on course during the rookie oval test at ISM Raceway — Photo by: Chris Jones

Leist, turned 63 laps around the 1.022-mile Phoenix oval, backing up a great test at Sonoma on Monday with a stellar debut on an oval in the new 2018 car this afternoon.

Recently signed Dale Coyne Racing driver Pietro Fittipaldi was second quick after turning 139 circuits himself, the most in the session. His top lap was his 137th lap of the day with a speed of 183.347 mph in his No. 19 Honda.

Fittipaldi, was quick at Sebring a few weeks ago and backed that up with being fourth overall at Sonoma earlier this week. Now, he was even better being second among rookies.

Spencer Pigot was third overall (180.589 mph) was third fastest in his No. 21 Chevrolet, while Robert Wickens was fourth with a speed of 180.158 mph.

Zach Veach (179.592 mph), Kyle Kaiser (179.043 mph) and Gabby Chaves (174.314 mph) rounded out the speed charts.

These seven drivers will join everyone else for two sessions each day, beginning tomorrow. You can follow along in real time on racecontrol.indycar.com. The sessions run from 3-6 pm ET, then 8-11 pm ET both days.

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