Cole Pearn saw his NTT INDYCAR Series car that he’s engineering in motion on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The former NASCAR crew chief was on the pit box working for Conor Daly on opening day of action for next Sunday’s 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 (1 p.m. ET, NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network).
Daly, completed 80 laps in his No. 47 Chevrolet on Wednesday with a top speed of 223.020 mph.
For Pearn, while it was the first day of school for several schools in the Indianapolis area over the last week, it was his first day of INDYCAR school.
“Just getting used to having telemetry and all the data,” Pearn said after the first session. “It went fine. I mean, car didn’t flip over and catch fire or anything like that, so that’s a good start, but the speed was okay.
“I think just a little bit of nuances. We got through some things we wanted to get through and we at least got a direction on what we need to work on. That’s what we’ve been waiting to do for a couple of weeks now. At least to get some data and get some time on the track and now know what we need to work on.”
Pearn, said the transition from NASCAR to retirement to INDYCAR has been relatively easy so far.
“We’ve kind of hit it off,” the championship crew chief said. “It’s just been easy. Communication’s been clear, and I think from that standpoint, having a session under there just continue to build.
“Even just getting a chance to debrief for a couple of minutes after the session was helpful. We’ve got a lot of time and a lot of room to grow yet. The fact that we started out on a decent foot definitely gives you some confidence.”
He has another day of work on Thursday with practice running from 11 am – 5:30 pm ET.