Andretti Autosport Mazda Raceway Race One Report
 September 11, 2016| 
  • Team News

Today’s Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Monterey Presented by Cooper Tires took us through the 2.238-mile course of the scenic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the second-to-last race of the season.

After starting today from the 13th position, Dalton Kellett battled his way up the field five positions and was able to make one final pass on the last lap to claim a seventh-place finish. Shelby Blackstock started the 30-lap race from 11th and was able to advance one position to round out the top 10. Dean Stoneman encountered a series of unfortunate events. Starting today’s Round 17 in seventh, the rookie made contact with drivers on two separate occasions. Stoneman was issued a drive-through penalty and saw the checkers in 13th, knocking the Freedom 100 winner out of championship contention. 

Tomorrow welcomes a new day of racing and the final race of the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires schedule. The green flag will fly at 4:10 p.m. ET and can be streamed live at racecontrol.indycar.com.  Stoneman will lead the Andretti trio for the start, taking the grid in ninth. Blackstock will line up next to Stoneman starting 10th and Kellett will see the green from 13th

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

“Definitely an exciting Race 1 here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Had a pretty good time battling with the guys out there and was able to make up some spots from qualifying. We made good progress and felt that we made good changes with the engineers. I put my head down and was aggressive off the start. I was smart with my push to pass and used those to my advantage to pick up some positions. Looking forward to another good one tomorrow.”  

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK      
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

“I got caught up a little bit on the start today which put me back a bit and then I got pushed out wide. Unfortunately, that’s kind of where we ran around for the rest of the day. This is a really hard place to pass. I know we start Race 2 from the 10th position, so I hope we can move forward tomorrow. “ 

DEAN STONEMAN
NO. 27 STELLRECHT MAZDA

“This weekend went from a good weekend to a bad one. The Stellrecht car was good in the race but we had bent steering. We had one move that I went for and the guy just turned across from me and there was nowhere for me to go. Unfortunately it damaged the car, so I wasn’t in the position to attack again. Because of the damage with the steering, working to pass the 13 car in Turn 2 and I don’t think he saw me from where I was coming from. Unfortunately we made contact and spun which set us back quite a bit. So yeah, it was a bad day for us.”

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