Carlin's Serralles Earns Podium at Road America
 June 25, 2016| 
  • Team News

Carlin’s Felix Serralles took third place at Road America today, as the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires returned to the Wisconsin circuit for the first time since 1990. Championship leader and team mate Ed Jones was left frustrated to take fourth after running second in the early stages while Neil Alberico took 11th place. 

As the race went green, Jones made a strong start to move up one place into second behind race leader Zach Veach, while Serralles had also made up one place to fifth with Alberico running in 13th. 

The familiar battle between Jones and Dean Stoneman began almost immediately, with Stoneman moving up into third and closing in on Jones for second.  Stoneman passed Jones on lap three, pushing the Carlin man down into third while team mate Serralles continued in fifth.  Jones wasn’t about to give up a position to his nearest championship rival though, taking the position back.  Serralles meanwhile had moved up to fourth place ahead of Kyle Kaiser. 

With Veach still leading at the front, Jones was second with Stoneman behind, when the Andretti driver was handed a five second penalty for a first lap move on Andre Negrao.  The penalty wasn’t Stoneman’s only issue, the Englishman had Serralles in his mirrors by lap five in the fight for the final podium spot. 

In a close fight Stoneman passed Jones again, just before a full course caution due to a spin for Dalton Kellett bunched up the field on lap eight.  At the restart, it was Serralles who seized the opportunity to pass his team mate, moving up into third and in pursuit of Stoneman.  Jones almost immediately found himself under attack from Kyle Kaiser and Santiago Urrutia. 

Despite struggling with front wing damage, Jones held off Kaiser and then Urrutia to hold fourth place, while ahead of him Serralles was running in third, the positions they maintained to the chequered flag.  Alberico just missed out on a top ten finish to take 11th place. 

Speaking about his race, Serralles said, “I’m a bit frustrated.  There’s aggressive drivers and some people don’t seem to get penalties.   It was a good race but I got my nose chopped I don’t know how many times.  I don’t know whether I had necessarily had the pace for P1, but we finished on the podium which is a good result.  I think there are some changes that we can make for tomorrow, which should help us challenge for the win.  I’m happy to have taken good points for the championship and been back on the podium again.”     

The Indy Lights drivers will return to the track for the second race of the weekend tomorrow at 8.45 local time, with Ed Jones starting from pole position.

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