Andretti Autosport On-Track Report: St. Petersburg
 April 23, 2021| 
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INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
QUALIFYING DEBRIEF
04.23.2021
A day full of action kicked off the second weekend of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. After looking strong in practice, Kyle Kirkwood captured the team's first pole position of 2021 for tomorrow's Race 1 and went on to qualify second for Race 2, leading a string of Andretti Autosport teammates in qualifying for both races.

Race 1 of the Indy Lights Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Foundation Building Materials is set to go green tomorrow at 3:20 p.m. EST on Peacock, NBCUniversal's newest streaming service.

 

KYLE KIRKWOOD
No. 28 ROAD TO INDY / COOPER TIRES / CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS CLUB DALLARA
STARTING POSITION
RACE 1
QUALIFYING TIME
1st 01.05.1334
STARTING POSITION
RACE 2
QUALIFYING TIME
2nd 01.04.8431
OF NOTE: Led the weekend's only practice session with a time of 01.05.3824
"Qualifying went good. It was a lot better than the previous weekend. It’s going to be close between us and the HMD cars. Qualifying 1 was perfect and I think we might have missed it just a little bit for that Qualifying 2. It was good overall - we’re happy with P1 and P2. We’re just as good as everyone else out there. As we saw last weekend, it’s really hard to pass with these cars. Push-to-pass will be activated this weekend, which will make it a little bit easier. If you start up front you’ll probably finish up front, unless something happens. It’s going to help us a lot starting up front."

 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
No. 17 POWERTAP DALLARA

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
STARTING POSITION
RACE 1
QUALIFYING TIME
3rd 01.05.2570
STARTING POSITION
RACE 2
QUALIFYING TIME
3rd 01:04.9869
OF NOTE: Currently sits second in the Indy Lights points standings after back-to-back podiums at Barber Motorsports Park
"I’m really happy with how today went especially after free practice. After looking at the data and video after practice, it was quite clear what I needed to change and what small bits in the car needed to be changed. It was just fine tuning. In Qualifying 2, I think we maximized what we had. I think we missed a little bit to HMD, so we’ll have to investigate where that is. The Andretti Steinbrenner guys have done a fantastic job all weekend to be going off P3 for both races. To be fighting at the front is such a rewarding feeling."

 

DANIAL FROST
No. 68 DEN-JET DALLARA

STARTING POSITION
RACE 1
QUALIFYING TIME
4th 01.05.2802
STARTING POSITION
RACE 2
QUALIFYING TIME
4th 01:05:0069
OF NOTE: Made contact with the wall in the morning's practice session, but still landed fourth on the practice time charts
"We were really fast in Qualifying 1 on the first batch of tires, then we came in to put on the second set to make our final push and try to get the pole. A part failed in the right rear, so we had to fix that and we didn’t have time to go back out. For only using one set of tires, I was quite happy. We can have two new sets for the race, so I think we’ll be quite strong for Saturday and Sunday. I love this track. This is my home track and I’ve had pretty good results here in the past, so it’s quite satisfying. The layout is pretty cool, it’s fun and aggressive. This track is one of my favorites."

 

ROBERT MEGENNIS
No. 27 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
STARTING POSITION
RACE 1
QUALIFYING TIME
5th 01.05.4122
STARTING POSITION
RACE 2
QUALIFYING TIME
8th 01.05.2829
OF NOTE: Is one of three veterans in the 13-car field who has raced in an Indy Lights car on the Streets of St. Petersburg
"Qualifying for Race 1 today was good and we were right up there with our teammates. I think Andretti Autosport has really strong cars this weekend that can win both races. In Qualifying 2, I am not really sure why we were slow but we will go back and look at the data. I know we will be good in the race tomorrow. We have good race cars and good tires for the races, so we will be ready to send it and get to victory lane."

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