Team Pelfrey IL Qualifies 11th, 14th for Grand Prix of Phoenix
 April 1, 2016| 
  • Team News

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Heading into their second event of the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires campaign, drivers Scott Hargrove and Juan Piedrahita look to take on the challenge of their first race at Phoenix International Raceway for Saturday’s Indy Lights Grand Prix of Phoenix. Over two Friday practice sessions, the duo completed 159 combined laps around the 1.022-mile oval, and finished the day qualifying 11th and 14th, respectively, for Saturday’s race. 

Hargrove ran 12th and 16th in the two practice sessions in his No. 3 GAP Guard car, and will start the race on the inside of row 6. “Considering the limited track time we’ve had, we’ve been guessing all day at what the track was going to do,” said Hargrove, who will be racing on an oval for the first time since 2014, when he finished runner-up at Lucas Oil Raceway in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. “Now I know what we could have done to go quicker in qualifying, but that’s what happens when you show up with limited testing. Still, hats off to these guys, we’re shooting in the dark a bit and to have a car that’s that solid is really good.” 

Piedrahita wound up P8 in the second practice session, but found his No. 2 Polipetrosur/Pawco car was not trimmed out quite enough in his qualifying run to post laps fast enough for the sharp end of the grid. “We struggled a bit with the car because of the engine issues we had during the (open test on February 25),” said the Colombian, who posted his best career finish in Indy Lights of third last year at Milwaukee, a similarly flat, 1-mile oval. “I think we had too much downforce and that’s what hurt us (in qualifying). I think we have a good racecar. It’s hard starting so far in the back, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Hopefully we have a good race.” 

The Indy Lights Grand Prix of Phoenix serves as the third round of the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. The green flag for the 90-lap event will fly at 1:30 p.m. local time; 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday afternoon, and can be followed live at racecontrol.indycar.com or the Road to Indy TV app.

About Team Pelfrey-IL

Team Pelfrey, the 2011 rebirth of memorable IndyCar operation Team Pelfrey, ventures back into professional open-wheel racing with an important goal in mind: help and develop new talent. Starting in 2016, Team Pelfrey will become the first and only organization in motorsports that houses teams in each ladder of the Mazda Road to Indy, which grooms some of the best young talents in the world for North America’s premier open-wheel racing series, the Verizon IndyCar Series. 

With state-of-the-art facilities at its fingertips, access to multiple test tracks all year round, an established reputation of success, and an intrinsic attitude where nothing but the best will do and anything can be done, now is the time to come aboard with Team Pelfrey-IL.

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