Andretti Autosport Portland Preview
 September 9, 2021| 
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Indy Lights Grand Prix of Portland
Presented by Cooper Tires


  • The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field returns to the West Coast with back-to-back race weekends kicking off with a doubleheader event this weekend at Portland International Raceway.
  • Kyle Kirkwood returns to Portland with a sense of familiarity as the Indy Lights rookie has won all four of his Road to Indy starts on the road course.
  • After joining the Road to Indy in 2020,Devlin DeFrancesco will take on the 1.964-mile road course at Portland for the first time in his career.
  • Danial Frost finished inside the top six in his two Indy Pro 2000 starts in 2019 at Portland, including a podium in Race 1.
  • Veteran Robert Megennis returns to Portland with one podium and a top-five result in 2019.
KYLE KIRKWOOD
No.28 ROAD TO INDY / COOPER TIRE / CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS CLUB DALLARA
 
PORTLAND INDY LIGHTS HISTORY
      STARTS BEST START BEST FINISH
      ROOKIE ROOKIE ROOKIE
      CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING
      2 (268 PTS.)
      "In the past, Portland has been one of my best tracks. I tend to thrive on the high-speed tracks where you keep momentum and have to flow. Portland resembles Mid-Ohio, in a way, without the elevation changes. We’re coming into the last string of races and the championship battle really starts now as we are practically tied with the competition. I have a lot of confidence with our potential at these last three tracks."
       
      DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
      No. 17 POWERTAP DALLARA

      Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
       
      PORTLANDINDY LIGHTS HISTORY
          STARTS BEST START BEST FINISH
          ROOKIE ROOKIE ROOKIE
          CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING
          5 (245 PTS.)
          "I'm looking forward to the Portland GP. It is a new track for me, but I'm looking forward to driving it immensely. From the video that I have watched and the sim that I have done, it is quite fast and enjoyable, which suits me very well. Looking forward to going out with the No.17 Andretti Steinbrenner PowerTap crew and getting a good result and finishing strong these last three races."
           
          ROBERT MEGENNIS
          No. 27 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
           
          PORTLANDINDY LIGHTS HISTORY
              STARTS BEST START BEST FINISH
              2 3 (2019-1) 3 (2019-1)
              CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING
              9 (225 PTS.)
              "I'm so excited for Portland and to start our West Coast swing of the championship. I podiumed at Portland and Laguna Seca in 2019 and I know we can do it again."
               
              DANIAL FROST
              No. 68 DEN-JET DALLARA
               
              PORTLANDINDY LIGHTS HISTORY
                  STARTS BEST START BEST FINISH
                  ROOKIE ROOKIE ROOKIE
                  CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING
                  6 (244 PTS.)
                  "I’m looking forward to coming back to the Portland GP. It’s been a while since I’ve been there and it’s a super fun place to be and race at. I’m aiming to bounce back for better results and put the No. 68 back in podium position this weekend."

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