Difficult Weekend For Belardi Auto Racing At Mid-Ohio
 August 2, 2019| 
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Lexington, Ohio– Belardi Auto Racing faced a difficult weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Rounds 12 and 13 of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship.

Aaron Telitz and his No. 4 team opened the weekend optimistic, after the practice session on Friday revealed some speed.  They were less than a second out of 1st place and felt that some tweaks to the car would get them where they needed to be.

Qualifying did not go as Telitz had planned, with the Wisconsin native qualifying 7th for Race 1 on Saturday and 7th for Race 2 on Sunday.

Race 1 was eventful for Telitz after a spin on the opening lap sent him to the back of the pack.  From that point on Telitz spent the rest of the race playing catchup.  Telitz was able to gain a position after the No. 2 car had to retire due to damage.

Race 2 wasn’t easy either, as Telitz had to go through the grass in order to avoid a spinning car.  After the field went back to green, Telitz began working on the No. 27 machine of Robert Megennis, trying to take over the 7th position.  Telitz and Megennis came together on lap 6 sending Telitz once again spinning through the grass, but able to continue in 7th.  Telitz would then work on passing his teammate and with four laps to go was able to complete the job for 6th position.

“Mid-Ohio wasn’t our best weekend of the year, Our Belardi Auto Racing car didn’t roll off the truck as balanced as we would have liked. We used both the qualifying sessions and Race 1 as test sessions to improve the car, and by Race 2 the car was feeling pretty good. Unfortunately, we had to avoid a turn 1 accident and then had contact making a pass a lap later which gave us a bent race car. After all of that I was happy to limp it home 6th,” said Aaron Telitz.

Lucas Kohl had a successful weekend recording his best finish of the 2019 Indy Lights championship with 6th in Race 1. Practice was another opportunity for Kohl to learn the circuit and how to drive the Dallara IL-15 around the course.

Qualifying was tough for the Brazilian rookie, qualifying 9th for both races.  Kohl knew he had to drive hard but smart and he did just that.

In Race 1, Kohl was able to keep his No. 5 car out of trouble and gain spots on track due to competitors going off track.  He also was able to improve his lap times and get much more needed seat time.  As the 30 laps was up, Kohl had finished 6th and had the confidence going into Race 2.

Race 2 played out very similar to Race 1 in the fact that Kohl was able to stay out of trouble and go from 9th to 6th.  Kohl held strong in 6th place for the majority of the race but gave up 6th position to his teammate Telitz and settled for a 7th place finish.

“It was a difficult weekend for us, we struggled to find pace all weekend but everyone worked hard and we got the best finish of the season so far for our 5 team. I feel like the improvements we are making are getting us closer and closer to the front pack, and I can’t wait for the next race to keep improving,” said Lucas Kohl. 

Belardi Auto Racing goes to St. Louis and the World Wide Raceway for the final oval race of the season on August 23rd through 24th.  
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