Belardi Auto Racing Freedom 100 Recap
 May 27, 2018| 
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Belardi Freedom 100 2018 Recap

Speedway, Ind. – As always, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires’ Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was one of the most thrilling races of the year.

Starting the race in the 5th position for Belardi Auto Racing was Santiago Urrutia and in 8th was Aaron Telitz. The race immediately got off to a hectic start. Santiago was able to charge his way quickly up to the front and begin doing battle with the race leaders Dalton Kellett and Patricio O’Ward.

Unfortunately for Aaron Telitz, he was not able to show the full potential of his Belardi Auto Racing No. 9 due to an issue with the gearbox on his car. Aaron was able to make up a couple of spots due to attrition but was never able to get out front with his teammate and challenge for the top spot.

“It was a tough day here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but my car handled great,” said Telitz. “I was able to hang on to the back of the pack, but unfortunately wasn’t able to make any passes due to an issue with my gears. I had to run around in 5th gear the whole time which basically left me hanging on at the back. I am glad to bring the car home in one piece, not do anything dumb. We picked up a couple of spots due to attrition, so we will look to improve things for the next race.” 

Throughout the entire duration of the 40 lap event, Santiago battled for the top spot, making daring move after daring move. The No. 5 car had the perfect balance, as Santiago was able to run the high line, low line and every line in between. He was able to hold the top spot for a time, but the way the cars can draft up so quick to each other meant he really had to work to maintain the top spot.   

As the drivers were coming down to take the checkered flag Santiago made one last attempt to draft past the 3 Andretti Autosport cars, but was unable to sling shot past.

“I was able to run the high lines very easy with the downforce level I had,” said Santiago. “It stinks not to win, but it is what it is. I wanted to take the win, but 4th is better than hitting the wall. I was close to hitting the wall a few times when I was battling with Dalton Kellett. I think it was a good race for sure, I didn’t win the race so it’s not the best. Now we are going to improve on the road courses, since we seem to be okay on the ovals, now I’m looking forward to Road America.”

It was a thrilling race all day long for the Belardi Auto Racing Team, and we are looking forward to getting to Road America and challenging for the top spot once again!

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