Magnussen, who made his IndyCar debut at Mid-Ohio final season as a late substitute for an injured Felix Rosenqvist at Arrow McLaren SP, accomplished 143 laps in Alex Palou’s 2021 title-winning #10 machine.
The Dane, who will return to Ganassi’s IMSA SportsCar Championship lineup for the Sebring 12 Hours earlier than taking over his Peugeot Le Mans Hypercar commitments, was the slowest of the 17 vehicles attending the primary of the 2 days testing.
He whittled right down to a 52.84s effort, which was fractionally below a second off Herta’s front-running tempo, though the ultimate classification is closely caveated by the truth that some drivers tried push-to-pass increase whereas others didn’t.
Contemporary from his LMP2 class victory in final month’s Daytona 24 Hours, Herta pipped Dale Coyne Racing rookie David Malukas to the highest spot with a time of 51.85s that was simply zero.01s quicker than the Indy Lights graduate.
Malukas, who completed second within the Lights standings behind Kyle Kirkwood final season, took a full second off his morning time because the observe rubbered in.
He will likely be joined on observe for the second day of testing by former Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver Takuma Sato, because the two-time Indianapolis 500 readies for his first outing with the Coyne staff.
Herta’s Andretti team-mate Romain Grosjean was zero.17s off prime spot in third, the previous Coyne driver having set the quickest time within the morning however setting a close to an identical time within the afternoon when others improved.
Workforce Penske drivers Josef Newgarden and Will Energy have been fourth and fifth, whereas Graham Rahal led the RLL contingent in sixth.
New Andretti Autosport signing Grosjean was third-fastest
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They have been adopted by Rosenqvist, who turned extra laps this afternoon than every other driver to log the seventh quickest time, Alexander Rossi (Andretti) and Scott McLaughlin (Penske).
Rahal’s two new team-mates Jack Harvey and rookie Christian Lundgaard have been separated by a mere hundredth, putting tenth and eleventh.
Patricio O’Ward couldn’t replicate his morning time and his AMSP entry slipped right down to 14th, behind rookies Kirkwood (Foyt Enterprises) and Devlin de Francesco in one other Andretti entry.