Andretti Autosport Grand Prix of Alabama Report
 April 24, 2016| 
  • Team News

Today the Andretti Autosport trio completed their second race of the weekend, completing Round 5 of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. Dean Stoneman recorded the first career podium of his rookie Indy Lights campaign, brining home the team's top finish so far this season. Teammates Shelby Blackstock and Dalton Kellett crossed the finish line of the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park on the final lap in positions third, fifth and ninth, respectively.

The team will head home for over a month partaking in the festivitees surrounding the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will kick of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend racing Friday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET. 

 

DEAN STONEMAN
NO. 27 STELLRECHT MAZDA 

- Scored his first career Indy Lights podium, the best team finish of 2016, with a third-place finish in today's 30-lap race 
 
- Took the green flag from the second position

 

"It’s been a good weekend. Qualifying went well; we started second on the grid for both races which was great. So a great weekend overall, but a shame in yesterday’s race – the car stopped and there was nothing I could do. The team hard worked to resolve the issue but we weren’t able to get it resolved to finish the race. It's disappointing because we would have been a contender. Great to finish third today though – we could have finished a bit better but I made a slight mistake in Turn 1 and we fell back to third. But big thanks to the Andretti Autosport crew and our sponsors at Stellrecht."

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK      
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

- Racing in front of family and a home-crowd, took the checkered flag from the fifth Position

- Secured two top-five finishes this weekend with a finish of fourth in Race 1

“Very happy for the Andretti Autosport Indy Lights team this weekend. The team worked really hard, and we got one car onto the podium which is really, really good for the progression of the team. Two top fives for me this weekend and I’ll definitely take the points and go forward after our past two weekends. Really looking forward to see what we find at the next test and see how much more the car progresses. Thanks again to all the team – we’re just getting started and I can’t want to see how we do the rest of the season.”

DALTON KELLETT
NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, INC. MAZDA 

- Made his way around the 17-turn track to record a ninth-place finish

- Started from the eighth position today on his way to his second top-nine finish of the weekend

“I’m happy with today’s results from Race 2. We were able to make good progress from the car yesterday and it felt good. The Andretti Autosport guys did an excellent job this weekend – we’re getting better and better and starting to build momentum for the rest of the season. Overall it was a positive weekend for the K-Line Insulators USA, Inc. Mazda, today was great with all three team cars in the top nine. I’m looking forward to the Month of May and getting to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

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