Andretti Autosport On-Track Report: St. Petersburg Race 2
 April 25, 2021| 
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INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG PRESENTED BY
ANDERSEN INTERIOR CONTRACTING
RACE 2 DEBRIEF
04.25.2021
 
It was an impressive weekend for the Andretti Autosport Indy Lights teams on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Following the doubleheader weekend, the team comes away with one win, three podiums and six top-five finishes on the 14-turn street course.

After two back-to-back weekends, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series returns for the third weekend on the 2021 schedule at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 14-15.
KYLE KIRKWOOD
No. 28 ROAD TO INDY / COOPER TIRES / CONTRACTION CONTRACTORS CLUB DALLARA
START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
2nd 2nd 3rd / 86 pts.
OF NOTE: Earned his second consecutive podium on the Streets of St. Petersburg // Turned the fastest lap of the race with a lap time of 01.04.9562
"I think it required him (David Malukas) to make a mistake, which he made a couple mistakes there and that’s why I kind of caught up. The car was on rails for the second portion of the race. We were a little slow to get going initially, but after that restart the car was fantastic. Unfortunately, it’s just so hard to pass around here, even with push to pass. You lose so much braking capability when you’re behind another car like that. Hats off to him, he drove an incredible race and didn’t make any giant mistakes – I was trying to pressure him into some. I was pushing with all I had, and that showed in the lap times. We actually had some front, right wheel damage after the first corner which held us up. I kind of had to learn to drive the car like that. If not, I think we would have pressured him some more."

 

DANIAL FROST
No. 68 DEN-JET DALLARA
START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
4th 4th 5th / 67 pts.
OF NOTE: Moves up two positions in the points standings after today's top-five finish
"We started, again, P4 and tried to make up some positions but unfortunately we lost one. We had to make up some ground mid-race, so we made a move on Devlin (DeFrancesco) for P4 and then I was hunting down a podium position toward the final laps. But it seemed like Linus (Lundqvist) had the edge over me, so I struggled to get him at the end. It was close, but it is what it is. It was a pretty good weekend overall and I’m pretty happy with the results. We’re up to P5 in the championship which is really good from where we started. We’re making up some ground, and hopefully we’ll make up more in Indianapolis."

 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
No. 17 POWERTAP DALLARA

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
3rd 5th 4th / 70 pts.
OF NOTE: Despite a shuffle back in a battle for positions, DeFrancesco ran a clean race to earn his third top-five finish of 2021
"It was a big struggle today. I’m not sure why. We need to make sure to go through everything and analyze because that performance is really quite unacceptable, so we need to really understand what happened and it doesn’t happen again throughout the year. We will be ready when the time comes in a few weeks at Indy."

 

ROBERT MEGENNIS
No. 27 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
START FINISH CHAMPIONSHIP
8th 7th 9th / 56 pts.
OF NOTE: Earned his 21st top 10 of his Indy Lights career
"We had a pretty decent start for Race 2, we had good pace at the beginning and in the middle of the race. I was stuck behind teammates trying to get up a few positions but wasn’t really able to make it happen and fell back to seventh at the end. We moved up spots from where we started, but we still need to be faster than this. We’ll get back and look at it. I wouldn’t say I’m super happy with this weekend, but we learned a lot and are taking steps in the right direction. Hopefully, we can get some momentum going at Indy and have a good result."

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