Andretti Autosport Mid-Ohio Race 1 Review
 July 28, 2018| 
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COOPER TIRES INDY LIGHTS MID-OHIO GRAND PRIX POWERED BY MAZDA
 
RACE ONE REPORT
07.28.18

 

The Indy Lights drivers took to the track at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for two sessions today - Race 2 qualifying and the first race of this weekend's double-header. Race 1 was a battle to the checkers and ultimately it was Andretti Autosport drivers Patricio O'Ward, Colton Herta and Dalton Kellett finishing 1-2-3 respectively - sweeping the podium.

Green flag for the second stint of the double-header weekend waves Sunday afternoon at1:05 p.m. ET. Keep up with the Indy Lights championship on the Road to Indy app.

 

No. 27 MEXICO #AWORLDOFITSOWN MAZDA
  • STARTED 1st//FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st(363 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Led flag-to-flag to mark O'Ward's sixth victory of his rookie season//During today's Race 2 qualifying, O'Ward tied Bryan Herta for the most pole positions in a single season with a total of eight in 2018
      “It wasn’t an easy race. My teammates were putting some pretty good pressure on me – Ryan in the beginning and Colton in the end. It’s pretty hard to keep people behind you once they can engage the push-to-pass and I was just trying to monitor that gap. I’m super stoked for the 27 crew, we have three in a row. It would be nice to get a fourth onetomorrowfor a clean sweep of the weekend. I’m looking forward totomorrowand carrying the momentum into the end of the season.”
       
      No. 98 ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
      • STARTED 3rd//FINISHED 2nd
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (338 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Raced all 30 laps to gain position and close the gap to race leader and teammate Patricio O'Ward//Scored his 10th podium of the 2018 season
          “It’s a tough track to pass on. I didn’t get the best of starts – it’s kind of hard when you start third, you sort of get cooped up on the inside of Turn 1 and don’t get a great run. Once everybody fans out a bit and tires come up to temp, it’s hard to pass. This is a track that is not known for overtakes. Luckily, we had a yellow and I had a chance there. It was tough but happy to be on the podium and collecting any points we can to close the gap.”
           
          No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
          • STARTED 6th//FINISHED 3rd
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (243 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Raced to gain three positions earning his fifth career podium - the first on a road course//Today finish marks his fifth top-five finish in a row
              “It was a good start to the race. I was mixing it up with Santi [Urrutia] and [Aaron] Telitz and me and Santi got a little bit of racing contact in Turn 2 and I kind of got shuffled back to sixth. I collected a free position when Aaron spun out and then when Santi pitted, I was up to fourth. I had a good battle with me, Colton [Herta] and Ryan [Norman] off the restart. Ryan was working to pass Colton in Turn 2 and I was able to take advantage and get by Ryan in Turn 4. That kind of cemented the podium position. The Andretti guys did a good job – we had a car that was quick, and we were able to keep some guys behind us. Congrats to Ryan and to the team on sweeping the podium today.”

               

              No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
              • STARTED 2nd//FINISHED 5th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (247 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Earned his 10th top-five finish of the season//Made contact with Santi Urrutia just after the re-start forcing the Cleveland-native into the pits for a fresh set of Cooper Tires
                  "Obviously, it wasn’t the outcome that we were hoping for after starting second. We were running strong until after the restart and then things just went south from there. Congrats to my teammates for finishing 1-2-3 today.Tomorrowis a new day and we have one more race to fight for that podium finish."

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