Andretti Autosport WRLS Qualifying One Report
 September 18, 2021| 
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AA WRLS 2021 Friday
INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
QUALIFYING [RACE 1] DEBRIEF
09.17.2021
 
Action for the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Monterey Presented by Cooper Tires got underway Friday afternoon with qualifying for Race 1. Kyle Kirkwood sailed around WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to capture his fifth pole position of 2021 with a time of 01:15:0235 - nearly fourth tenths quicker than second place. Teammates Danial FrostDevlin DeFrancesco and Robert Megennis will line up fifth, seventh and eighth for Race 1.

Kirkwood will lead the field to the green flag for Race 1 Saturday at 12:45 p.m. PT with coverage live on NBC's Peacock.

 

KYLE KIRKWOOD
No. 28 ROAD TO INDY / COOPER TIRES / CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS CLUB DALLARA
RACE 1
STARTING POSITION
QUALIFYING TIME
1 01:15:0235
"We had that win in Portland and tested here prior to the season. We thought everything was going to be great and it translated. We got the setup perfect and our car is absolutely amazing in qualifying. We haven't really done any long runs to see where our race car is at, but we are pretty confident with what we have here. It's a good way to start the weekend."

 

DANIAL FROST
No. 68 DEN-JET DALLARA
RACE 1
STARTING POSITION
QUALIFYING TIME
5
01:15:5953
"It seemed like a pretty okay qualifying. Coming towards the end, we were set for at least a P2 finish, but I made a small error on my side in one of the corners which cost us three spots. Overall, the car balance was quite good and we knew what we were doing and made a good stride from practice. I'm happy with the momentum and the way we were going forward with the car balance. I think tomorrow we are going to have a good battle from second to fifth with all the cars being within a tenth. We should be in a good position to make a run for the top three. Tomorrow, we will just have to focus on our qualifying car for Q2 to make it a little bit better. We've got a little ways to go to find the top times, but I think we can do it - we know where it is."

 

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO
No. 17 POWERTAP DALLARA

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport
RACE 1
STARTING POSITION
QUALIFYING TIME
7
01:16:0095
"It was not the qualifying result we were looking for today. I battled oversteer during the second run and ended up P7.I went faster on the new tire but not fast enough. We'll look to find some improvements overnight for tomorrow's second session. For the first race tomorrow, I’m just going to have to concentrate on getting a great start and fighting as hard as I can."

 

ROBERT MEGENNIS
No. 27 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
RACE 1
STARTING POSITION
QUALIFYING TIME
8
01:16:1641
"Today was a rough day. Qualifying wasn’t everything we wanted it to be. We will make changes to the car tonight and I’ll work on my driving tomorrow morning. I can’t wait to have another shot at it tomorrow."

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