Andretti Autosport Portland Qualifying Debrief
 September 11, 2021| 
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INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
QUALIFYING [RACE 1] DEBRIEF
09.10.2021
 
The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field opened their West Coast swing today with qualifying for Race 1 of the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Cooper Tires. Kyle Kirkwood led the Andretti Autosport stable starting Saturday's race from fifth. Teammates Robert MegennisDanial Frost and Devlin DeFrancesco qualified sixth, seventh and eighth respectively for Race 1.

Saturday's Race 1 will see the green flag fly at 1:55 p.m. PT with coverage live on Peacock.

 

KYLE KIRKWOOD
No. 28 ROAD TO INDY / COOPER TIRES / CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS CLUB DALLARA
RACE 1
STARTING POSITION
QUALIFYING TIME
5 01:04:0377
"We just missed it a bit. We seemed to be quick in practice and the test sessions, but not really sure what happened to be honest. The track changed from the ARCA cars going out on track and we threw some changes at the car, but we think it went the opposite direction than we were expecting it to. We need to go back to our baseline and know that we have something that is pretty decent for the race. I think our race car is really good."

 

ROBERT MEGENNIS
No. 27 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
RACE 1
STARTING POSITION
QUALIFYING TIME
6
01:04:1861
"It was a solid qualifying. We ended up sixth and that is pretty average for us, but when you look at the pace that the HMD cars have right now, I think we have a little bit to find in the car. That makes me feel a little bit better about my driving and feel that I executed decently well there. I'm happy with it and know that the engineers will be on it throughout the car and we'll work together. I'll find what I need to find in my driving and go for pole tomorrow."

 

 
DANIAL FROST
No. 68 DEN-JET DALLARA
RACE 1
STARTING POSITION
QUALIFYING TIME
7
01:04:3166
"It seemed like we came out of qualifying in a bit of the unknown as to why we weren't able to fight for pole. There are some question marks, but we have good resources to understand and analyze the issues we are facing and come back to Qualifying 2 stronger."

 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
No. 17 POWERTAP DALLARA

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
RACE 1
STARTING POSITION
QUALIFYING TIME
8
01:04:3942
"It was a strange end of the day here. We seemed to be looking good after free practice and then going into qualifying we seemed to lose a lot of our speed. We need to look into the data tonight and see how we can improve for tomorrow morning’s qualifying."

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