Andretti Autosport Iowa Race Report
 July 11, 2016| 
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NEWTON, Iowa  - This  morning brought rain making today's schedule questionable of whether or not the event would run on time. Unfortunately, qualifying was cancelled for today's Indy Lights Iowa Challenge Presented by Cooper Tires which meant the drivers would start off of championship point standings. Dean Stoneman lined up the grid on the outside of Row 1, seeing the green flag from second. Shelby Blackstock, ranked eighth in championship standings took the green from the outside of Row 4.  Dalton Kellett began the 100-Lap race from the 11th position.

We're headed international for the next race on the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires schedule. Rounds 12 and 13 of competition will see the streets of Toronto, Ontario Friday when the Andretti trio hits the track for the first practice session of the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday will see Kellett, Blackstock and Stoneman battling for more championship points. Follow along on social media for news and updates regarding the event using #MRTI and #TeamCooperTire

DEAN STONEMAN – No. 27 Stellrecht Mazda

  • Top Andretti finisher, completing the 100-lap race just off of the podium in fourth position

"I feel like we missed a huge chance to make up ground on the championship today. Struggled with understeer from the start. We had a great battle with Veach. It's just a shame we didn't get the Stellrecht car on the podium again. Now we shift our focus to Toronto."

DALTON KELLETT – No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA, Inc. Mazda

  • Ran as high as eighth position, saw the twin checkers from ninth.

 “Great start for the No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA machine. It’s a shame we missed out on qualifying – we didn’t get to fight for a good grid position. We just had to battle our way through the field, we made up some good position on the start. The only issue I had was terminal understeer. I think we cooked the front tires off about halfway through the race and I was just playing with the tools I have in the car, but I couldn’t quite get it figured out. I think overall the team did a good job this weekend considering we had to work around some weather issues and what not. I definitely would’ve like a better result, but we’re on to Toronto for my hometown race.”

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK – No. 51 Starstruck Mazda

  • Suffered through balance issues through most of the race, finishing in 12th position

 “Definitely not the result we wanted. I wasn’t very happy with the car the entire weekend and then we tried to do something different for qualifying and qualifying was rained out, so we had to stick with it for the race. Unfortunately, the car was a handful through the entire race. About three-quarters into the race I was just trying to catch the back end, it was all over the place. I’m happy to move on to Toronto and I know we’ll have a good weekend in Toronto.”

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