Chaves Edges Brabham in NOLA Cooper Tires Winterfest Test
 February 23, 2014| 
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New Orleans, La. – There was precious little to choose between Gabby Chaves and Matthew Brabham during the four sessions over two days that comprised the Cooper Tires Winterfest Indy Lights open test at NOLA Motorsports Park. Florida-based Colombian Chaves, who finished a close second in last year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title-chase, cemented his position as one of the pre-season championship favorites by posting the fastest time of 1:27.612 this afternoon for Belardi Auto Racing.

Brabham, who is stepping up into Indy Lights this year with Andretti Autosport after winning the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, once again displayed his potential by posting the fastest time on Friday afternoon at 1:27.630 – a scant 0.018s adrift of Chaves’ best.

Chaves and Brabham were the only drivers among the 11-car field to circulate the 2.75-mile road course underneath 1:28.

GP2 veteran Luiz Razia, from Barreiras, Bahia, Brazil, emerged with the third fastest time, 1:28.226, driving for defending four-time champion team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Frenchman Alex Baron, who won a pair of USF2000 races in a limited campaign in 2014, was fourth quickest at the wheel of a second Belardi Auto Racing entry. Baron’s best of 1:28.420, narrowly edged out the second Schmidt Peterson car of Mexican Juan Pablo Garcia (1:28.473).

Teammate Englishman Jack Harvey, a leading contender in last year’s European-based GP3 Series, also was in close contention at 1:28.590. Baron and Harvey both set their best times this morning.

Pro Mazda graduate Zack Meyer, from Toronto, Ont., Canada, was also just over one second off the ultimate pace with a best lap of 1:28.811 for Team Moore Racing.

Ohioan Zach Veach, who is expected to be another championship contender during his second year in Indy Lights, overcame some difficulties to post the eighth fastest time in a second Andretti Autosport entry.

Veach’s best time of 1:29.254 was marginally quicker than two more Pro Mazda graduates, Lloyd Read (Bryan Herta Autosport/Jeffrey Mark Motorsports) on 1:29.274 and Scott Anderson (Fan Force United) on 1:29.279. Colombian Juan Piedrahita, also moving up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder from Pro Mazda, completed the field at 1:29.825 in a fourth Schmidt Peterson entry.

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