The Honda-powered automobile was pushed by Chip Ganassi Racing’s six-time IndyCar champion, Scott Dixon, whereas Staff Penske’s two-time champion Josef Newgarden drove the Chevrolet machine.
Chevrolet driving duties are anticipated to be taken over by Will Energy as testing continues on Tuesday.
Monday’s take a look at was carried out on a 13-turn 2.6-mile model of the highway course that includes the Speedway’s Flip 1 onto the entrance straight, so as to scale back any benefit that would have been garnered by both group concerned.
Neither engine was fitted with the Mahle-built hybrid unit, which will likely be a part of the specs when the brand new 2.Four-litre engines are launched in 2024.
They as a substitute ran alternators from the current-spec 2.2-litre V6 twin-turbo engines, which have been utilized in IndyCar since 2012.
Tough chilly monitor circumstances minimised working early on within the day, however issues improved within the afternoon.
GM’s IndyCar program supervisor Rob Buckner confined his feedback to, “We had been very proud of our first day on monitor with the brand new engine.
David Salters, president and technical director of HPD, was extra expansive. An official assertion learn: “This is a vital step for HPD, Honda and IndyCar because the sequence strikes into the electrified period, and it was a profitable day. However there are numerous extra steps to take earlier than the total, hybrid energy unit debuts in 2024.
“The two.Four-litre engine is an all-new design, that has been totally developed, dyno-tested and manufactured by the good women and men at HPD.
“There may be nonetheless a really, very lengthy listing of issues to be achieved earlier than the facility unit is examined in competitors, however that is actually a milestone for everybody at Honda and HPD.”
Regardless of the low temperatures, HPD said that “Dixon and the Ganassi group accomplished the total listing of opening-day take a look at objects ready by HPD engineers with none points.
“A second day of working is deliberate for tomorrow (Tuesday), with barely hotter temperatures within the forecast for Indianapolis.”