Andretti Autosport On-Track Report: St. Petersburg, Race 1
 April 24, 2021| 
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INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG PRESENTED BY
FOUNDATION BUILDING MATERIALS
RACE 1 DEBRIEF
04.24.2021
 
It was a day to celebrate in St. Petersburg for Andretti Autosport's Indy Lights teams with three cars in the top-four finishing positions. Kyle Kirkwood captured his first win of his Indy Lights career after leading all 35 laps of the race. Danial Frost stood on the podium in second place with his best Indy Lights finish and teammate Robert Megennis came away with his best finish of 2021 in fourth. Devlin DeFrancesco was poised for a third consecutive podium before unfortunately making contact with the wall in Turn 13.

The Andretti Autosport stable returns to the 14-turn street course tomorrow for the Indy Lights Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Andersen Interior Contracting Race 2 which goes green at 9:50 a.m. ET on Peacock.

 

KYLE KIRKWOOD
No. 28 ROAD TO INDY / COOPER TIRES / CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS CLUB DALLARA

START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
1st 1st 3rd / 61 PTS.
OF NOTE: Led all 35 laps to win his first career Indy Lights race from pole position // Captured his 22nd Road to Indy win // Will start second for Race 2
"This is the first race here at St. Petersburg that I’ve won on the first day. Usually I come through on Sunday, but this is a fantastic weekend. I couldn’t be happier to be here in my home state - it's phenomenal race. We led it from the beginning to the end. I couldn’t be happier with the car. The Andretti Autosport team did a fantastic job. We started to pick it up quicker. We were quick in practice and quick in qualifying. Unfortunately, we qualified P2 for tomorrow, but we know we have a good race car and hopefully we can come through with another podium tomorrow."

 

DANIAL FROST
No. 68 DEN-JET DALLARA

START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
4th 2nd 7th / 48 PTS.
OF NOTE: Scored his first career Indy Lights podium // Will take the green flag for tomorrow's race in fourth
"We finished P2 for the third race of the year and I’m very happy with the results we’ve had. I think we could have challenged for a win had we started off the race a little better, but Kyle (Kirkwood) did a great job to earn P1 so congrats to him. I think this a great step up from last weekend. The team did an excellent job to get the car quick so a 1-2 finish for Andretti Autosport is a great thing."

 

ROBERT MEGENNIS
No. 27 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
5th 4th 9th / 42 PTS.
OF NOTE: Earned his 13th top-five finish of his Indy Lights career and career best finish on the Streets of St. Petersburg // Qualified eighth for Race 2 tomorrow
"That was the most fun race I’ve had in a while. It was a blast. At the start, I ended up holding fifth and we had a pretty good race car early on. The HMD car was getting shuffled back, Danial (Frost) made a pretty good move on him and then I set him up for a move down into Turn 4 the next lap, which was one of the best passes I’ve ever made. I just made a little mistake about halfway through and he got back by me and then cruised for the rest of the race. I’m going to go back and look at my data and tweak a few things. I know we’ll be good tomorrow. I’m starting eighth so I’ve got to charge through the field. I learned some things about passing today, so I’ll use it tomorrow."

 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
No. 17 POWERTAP DALLARA
Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
3rd 12th 4th / 53 PTS.
OF NOTE: Was contending for his third consecutive podium, but made contact in Turn 13 ending the No. 17 team's day early // Will start third for Sunday's Race 2
"It’s a pretty tough day in the office to be running second the whole race chasing down Kyle (Kirkwood) and having a really strong result for the team, but sometimes accidents happen. It’s unfortunate, but we look forward to bouncing back tomorrow."

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