Armstrong, Blomqvist pass IndyCar oval tests at Texas

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - APRIL 01: #60: Simon Pagenaud, Meyer Shank Racing Honda at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday April 01, 2023 in Forth Worth, United States of America. (Photo by Brett Farmer / LAT Images)

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Armstrong and Meyer Shank Racing’s Tom Blomqvist spent Wednesday lapping Texas Motor Speedway where the duo passed their rookie test on the 1.5-mile oval.

“It was quite fast,” said Armstrong, who turned 180 laps in the No. 11 Honda. “It was an awesome experience and I really enjoyed it. The first proper run in the morning was great. I was just smiling after that first run and even on the in-lap I had a different reaction to what I was expecting. It was a lot more natural than I anticipated and I felt at one with the car later in the day. I found that it was a lot easier to trust the car and the banking. Overall, it was a very positive experience and I’m very grateful that Dario [Franchitti], Scott [Dixon], Eric [Cowdin] and Blair [Julian] could help me out throughout the day.”

Armstrong kept busy during his season of road and street course racing as the New Zealander made trips to every oval to learn what he could while watchi

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