Andretti Autosport Road America 2016 Qualifying Report
 June 25, 2016| 
  • Team News

One of the most anticipated weekends of the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires schedule is finally underway as the trio of Andretti Autosport drivers hit the track to qualify for the Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Road America Presented by Cooper Tires this afternoon. With only little testing and one practice session as experience on the 12-turn course; Stoneman, Blackstock and Kellett qualified fifth, 11th and 14th, respectively.

The Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Road America Presented by Cooper Tires will hold two Indy Lights races this weekend - one each Saturday and Sunday. Race 1 will go green tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET and will consist of 20 laps.

DEAN STONEMAN
NO. 27 STELLRECHT MAZDA 

“Qualifying wasn’t quite what we expected. We had a difficult practice this morning – the car wasn’t quite where we wanted it. We worked over the lunch break to better the car and we improved it. We closed the gap between first and where we were this morning. We were on for a good lap and unfortunately I made a mistake in Turn 12 which possibly cost us a few places. Overall we were expecting a little bit higher, but I know we can race The Stellrecht Company Mazda from there. I hope it will be a good race!”

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK      
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

“Obviously P11 is not where we wanted to start the race. Not really sure where to go from right now. We’re going to go debrief and talk everything over. The car doesn’t really seem to be doing anything in one direction – its kind-of all over the place. We just need to talk it over and put our heads together and come back with a strong race car tomorrow.”

DALTON KELLETT
NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, INC. MAZDA 

“We definitely had a rough start to the weekend here at Road America. We had some electrical issues during practice and unfortunately didn’t get to turn laps in practice. We had to go straight to qualifying and try to figure it out – we were able to use some data from Shelby [Blackstock] and Dean [Stoneman] to see what their cars were doing but it was essentially a practice session for our qualifying since we did not really have much data from our car to go off of. To go into qualifying blind isn’t exactly ideal but with the help of my teammates and engineers, we will be able to figure something out and go after it for the race tomorrow and Sunday.”  

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