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INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES

 

MAZDA INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA
RACE TWO REPORT
04.22.18

 

The rain held off for this morning's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Race 2 qualifying. Mexican driver, Patricio O'Ward, started Race 2 once again at the front of the grid - this time from pole position. O'Ward led every lap of the weekend to complete a clean sweep of the double-header event.
 

The Indy Lights quartet travels to the team's home base in Indianapolis next month for two races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course followed by one more race on the iconic oval at IMS. The four drivers take to the track for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis May 11 and 12 and again on May 25 for the Freedom 100.

 

No. 27 Riverina CDMX Mexico City MAZDA
  • STARTED 1st//FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st(110 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Led every lap of the weekend, across two race to capture his second and third victories in just four races this season
      "I dropped the wheel on Turn 11, and the tires had way more grip than I was expecting - but I knew they wouldn't stay that way. The track was drying quickly and we couldn't cool the tires off by running through puddles. We put up some pretty quick lap times in the beginning of the race and we wanted to continue building the gap so there would be more breathing room. We kept up the pace every single lap and I kept trying to keep it steady ahead of Victor [Franzoni]. We wanted to keep control because it's easy to make a mistake with someone behind you in these conditions. It was an awesome weekend and I'm really happy we got both race wins. I'm really looking forward to Indianapolis."

       

      No. 98 ANDRETTI-STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
      • STARTED 3rd//FINISHED 3rd
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 3rd (83 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Battled Victor Franzoni for a spot on the second step of the podium before ultimately ending the day with a third-place finish
          "Overall it's been a solid points weekend. The second race was pretty tough and wet.We didn't have the car quite where we would've wanted it to be, and I think we maxed the Andretti-Steinbrenner/Curb Mazda out. We had a little too much understeer in Race 2. I can't really complain with a second and third place finish this weekend. We're just going to have to keep racking up the podiums if we want to win this championship."

           

          No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
          • STARTED 6th//FINISHED 6th
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 6th (58 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Collected his 23rd Top-10 finish after today's race
              "It was an exciting race today at Barber Motorsports Park. The wet conditions were definitely challenging, but the No. 28 K-Line Insulators, USA Mazda crew did a great job giving me a setup that I was able to make the most out of and come home with another sixth-place finish. It was definitely a points-gathering weekend for us. It would've been nice to qualify higher for today's race. Our pace for Race 2 was good and we could've been battling with Colton [Herta] for a third-place finish. It was a missed opportunity, but like I said, I'm happy to bring the car home sixth. Now looking ahead to May, that's been a strong month for us in the past and we're ready to capitalize on the pace at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We're looking forward to the Grand Prix of Indianapolis - I think that's the best track on the schedule as far as quality of racing because of the long straights and hard brake zones. Then we have the Freedom 100 on Carb Day and that's always a highlight event of the season for us. We've had good success there finishing third the past two years and I'm hoping to move up a couple spots this year. I'm ready to get the month of May started."

               

              No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
              • STARTED 7th//FINISHED 7th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (68 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Fell to the back of the field but ended the day from his starting position at P7
                  "The race today didn't really go as planned. We didn't have a good start. I'm not sure who was in front of me, but I went a little early and had to brake check and that messed my start up. We showed decent pace and stayed close to Dalton [Kellett], and was able to catch up to Santi [Urrutia]. Like I said yesterday, it's difficult to pass here - so I was stuck at P7 for the remainder of the race. There's a lot of takeaways from this weekend. It's a great learning experience, but we definitely want to come back stronger for Indianapolis."

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