Andretti Autosport Road America Race 1 Report
 June 23, 2018| 
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INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES

 

MAZDA INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA
PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
 
RACE ONE REPORT
06.23.18

 

The sun was shining as the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers took to the track for Round 8 of competition at Road America. Topping the day was Colton Herta, taking his fourth-consecutive Indy Lights win and sixth win of his career. After claiming pole this morning during Race 2 qualifying, Patricio O'Ward had a standout performance earning a podium finish in second.

The fight for the championship continues Sunday as the drivers take to the 4-mile road course one last time. The green flag for Race 2 will wave at 10:50 a.m. ET. Tune in to Indy Lights coverage on the Road to Indy app.

 

No. 98 ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
  • STARTED 3rd// FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (220 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: After today's race, Colton ties his father and Veteran driver, Bryan Herta, in Indy Lights career starts (24) and podium finishes (14).
      “This is the fourth race we’ve won in a row, so we obviously have a package working. It’s been fun. These cars race amazingly – we don’t have a lot of aero understeer, so you can stay behind a car closely, and the push to pass helps massively. It’s a proper race car, you can race it in and we showed that today. I want to thank the whole Andretti Steinbrenner team – Pondurance, Mockett, Mazda and Cooper Tires.”

       

       
      No. 27 CDMX MEXICO CITY RIVERINA MAZDA
      • STARTED 4th// FINISHED 2nd
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd(208 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Battling all afternoon for a spot on the podium, O'Ward settled in for a second-place finish - his fifth Indy Lights career podium.
          “I would have love to have gotten the win – but when I got alongside Colton, I went off [track] and for some reason the car started acting a little funky after I went over the rumble strips. I’ve broken so many tires this year, that I just wanted to get the car home. I’m happy to be in second place, we are starting on Pole tomorrow and looking forward to another good race.”

           

           
          No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
          • STARTED 6th// FINISHED 6th
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (143 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Attempting to move up the field, Norman battled with Aaron Telitz but ultimately ended the day from sixth.
              “It was probably my worst race ever in the series, to be honest. It started out okay, I spun the tires on the start and passed Dalton before the first lap ended. I was with Aaron for a little bit and then just had massive drop off on the car. I almost tossed it in the wall – and it was loose through The Kink as well. At the end of the day, I just was trying to bring it home. Obviously, Pato and Colton have good cars and drove a great race. We’ll take a look at what they did and come back stronger tomorrow.”

               

               
              No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
              • STARTED 7th// FINISHED 7th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: 6th (136 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Tomorrow's Race 2 will be Kellett's sixth start at Road America
                  "It definitely wasn't the day we were hoping for. After not qualifying the K-Line car how we would've liked to, we knew we were going to have to work hard to move up the field and unfortunately that didn't happen. We'll see what the data shows tonight and look to improve for Race 2 tomorrow."

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