SEBRING, FL - Four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti was back in the car Wednesday testing at Sebring International Raceway.
The two-car test was the first on-track activity for IndyCar since Dan Wheldon's death in the Oct. 16 season finale.
Franchitti drove the 2012 IndyCar for Honda. Ryan Hunter-Reay drove for Chevrolet.
Jim Goodloe, the senior engineer with Honda Performance Development, says it was the first time Franchitti has driven the 2012 car.
The new car has been in development all year, and Wheldon was the primary test driver for Dallara. The car is widely considered to have significant upgrades in safety and technology.
Wheldon was killed in a fiery 15-car accident in the opening laps of IndyCar's season finale at Las Vegas. It was the final race for the current car model.