Andretti Autosport Road America Race 1 Report
 June 24, 2017| 
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INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES

MAZDA INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA
PRESENTED BY ALLIED BUILDING PRODUCTS
RACE 1 REPORT
06.24.17

It was a cooler day in Wisconsin as the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers took to Road America for their first event of the weekend's double-header, Round 8 of the 2017 schedule. 

The team hits the 4.014-mile, 14-turn road course at Road America one more time for tomorrow's second half of the weekend double-header. Coverage of Rounds 8 and 9 airs Sunday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

No. 48 Flip Side Mazda

  • Started: 3rd // Finished: 4th
  • Championship: 11 / 14 (97 pts., unofficial)
  • Earned both highest start and finish in Indy Lights
  • Will start tomorrow's Race 2 from 14th

“The beginning of the race went pretty well. I moved from third to second. Stayed there for a little bit, and then [Kyle] Kaiser got a mega run on me in Turn 5, and actually I didn’t even notice until we turned in a little bit but Santi [Urrutia] was in there as well. We were three-wide going in there. That shuffled me back to fourth. And then I tried staying, I think, a little too close to him, trying too hard to catch up to him and just kind of not keep my tires down. Everyone started to get runs on me, and I started moving back a couple of spots. Then, I kind of put my head down and gained the spots back. I had the second-fastest lap time of the race, so I think overall it was pretty good and it was a good learning experience.Tomorrow, we have our work cut out for us coming from last, so I’m just going to put my head down and see what I can do.”

 

No. 27 Synova Mazda

  • Started: 5th //Finished: 6th
  • Championship: 3 / 14 (152 pts., unofficial)
  • Will start tomorrow's Race 2 from 8th

“I had a pretty good start. Kept my position, and then I was able to pass Ryan [Norman] for fourth. From then on, I was pretty much by myself, no push-to-pass or anything. I was just trying to push as hard as I could but I’m struggling a lot with the car this weekend. I’ve never been struggling so much with the car. We just cannot put our finger on what’s wrong. At the end, we still bring pretty good points. We’re sixth, we’re still third in championship, but for sure we need to find something for tomorrow because our race pace was quite terrible. We’re going to look at the data with Yancy, my engineer, and try to figure out what is wrong, what we missed and we’ll be stronger tomorrow.”

 

No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda

  • Started: 6th // Finished: 9th
  • Championship: 9 / 14 (98 pts., unofficial)
  • Will start tomorrow's Race 2 from 12th

“Kind of a shame the way things ended up in the first race here at Road America. Off the bat on the first lap going into Turn 5, I was going to pass a guy and didn’t leave me enough room. My front wing contacted his left rear and it looks like we broke one of the pillars that connects it to the nose cone. When the tires were fresh, I was able to be decently quick and kind of racy. But once the tires went away, and not having that downforce in the front wing, I was getting eaten up in the brake zones and high-speed corners. There wasn’t really much we could do after that. It was a great recovery for the No. 28 K-Line crew. Obviously, I want to come home with something a little better than that, but we’ll see what we have for tomorrow morning.”

 

No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda

  • Started: 13th // Finished: 12th
  • Championship: 4 / 14 (138 pts., unofficial)
  • Will star ttomorrow's Race 2 from pole position

On Saturday's Race 1:
“It was a pretty frustrating Race 1. After a tough day yesterday and starting from the back, we kind of expected it to be hard to pass, but it was super hard in traffic and we were just kind of stuck there. So, onward and upward. We start on the pole tomorrow, so I’m really looking forward to getting back out there.”

On qualifying in the pole forSunday'sRace 2:
“What a roller coaster ride this weekend. It started out quite bad and now it’s looking good going into Race 2tomorrow. We still have a tough race ahead of us. We’re going to have to come from the back and try and get some points, but it should be all good. [The car was] amazing in qualifying this morning. It was always really good, we just had some little mechanical issues, but it’s looking good.”

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