Andretti Autosport On-Track Report: Indianapolis Race Two
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INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS
PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
RACE 2 DEBRIEF
05.15.2021
 
 
It was quite the finish to cap off the sixth round of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. The opening laps of Race 2 were full of on-track action with the 13-car field vying for positions. After the first third of the 35-lap event was complete, the field began strung out throughout the track. The final few laps of the race saw the front four cars all within close proximity to contend for the podium positions.

The Indy Lights paddock returns to the Raceway at Belle Isle Detroit on June 12-13 for the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2021 calendar.

 

KYLE KIRKWOOD

No. 28 ROAD TO INDY / COOPER TIRES / CONTRACTION CONTRACTORS CLUB DALLARA

START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
6 4 3RD / 124 PTS.
OF NOTE: Set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 01:17:0380
"I started the race P6, made one pass on Sting Ray (Robb). I went to the outside of him and he locked up and went straight. I over-undered him and from there, our pace was pretty quick. We were able to run down the guys up front with push-to-pass, but once everyone got closer it became harder to pass. We had to throw a lot things at the car to get it where we are at now, and everyone else kind of rolled out of the trailer where they were at, but I’m really happy where we ended up. We’re actually quick again and we can carry that momentum into the next rounds. Two fourth-place finishes isn’t too bad for points."

 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
No. 17 POWERTAP DALLARA

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
8 6 6TH / 99 PTS.
OF NOTE: Battled against Linus Lundqvist for a spot in the top five // Went wheel-to-wheel into Turn 1 with Lundqvist ultimately holding the position
"Today was definitely a step forward from yesterday. Qualifying was still a little bit of a disappointment. Linus (Lundqvist) made a mistake – in the drivers briefing they said no cutting across the grass and that’s what he did – and there was no penalty in it. It was the race director’s choice and it is what it is. I’m excited to put this weekend behind us and find the speed that we were lacking and head to Detroit."

 

ROBERT MEGENNIS
No. 27 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
9 7 9TH / 83 PTS.
OF NOTE: Jockeyed back-and-forth for positions in the opening laps of the race // Captured his 23rd top 10 of his Indy Lights career
"It was a crazy race. At one point I was down to 10th and I made my way back up to seventh. I feel like we made a bunch of progress from practice all the way through all the sessions. Yeah, we weren’t the fastest car on the track, but I’m happy with the direction we are heading in. I’m hyped for Detroit. It’s going to be a fun track, fun weekend. I think street circuits suit me and suit our cars, so I’m excited for that."

 

DANIAL FROST
No. 68 DEN-JET DALLARA
START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
7 8 7TH / 95 PTS.
OF NOTE: Earned his fourth top-10 finish to date this season
"We started P7 and had a really bad start and it dropped us back. I tried to make some gains back in the early part of the race, but it just seemed like once the race started, we didn’t seem to have the raw pace to really keep up with anyone until the last 15-20 laps where we started to actually have decent pace. When it came to the last part of it, I was saving my push-to-pass trying to make my move on Robert (Megennis) and I did, but he managed to get me back on the last lap. The Andretti Autosport team did a solid job trying to get our time back. Obviously, there’s some work to do, but we will look forward to Detroit where I think we’ll be strong. At St. Pete, we had a P2 and P4 finish, so we just forget about this weekend and move forward to the next two rounds."

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