Impressive Chris Griffis Test Showing for Team Pelfrey
 October 24, 2017| 
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INDIANAPOLIS – As the Mazda Road to Indy season came to a close, Team Pelfrey participated in the annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this weekend. Further showcasing the #PelfreyPower development ladder system, five out of seven drivers have previously raced for Team Pelfrey in the F1600 Championship and/or the Mazda Road to Indy.


No. 2 Team Pelfrey Dallara IL-15 Mazda

• Vacaville, California native TJ Fischer made his Indy Lights debut and is the only driver to compete on all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy with Team Pelfrey.
• Fischer showed great consistency during the event, placing an impressive sixth on the morning of day two.
• The Pro Mazda podium finisher now sets his sights on the Indy Lights championship for 2018.

“It feels really good being the only driver to compete with Team Pelfrey in USF2000, Pro Mazda, and now Indy Lights. The biggest thing you have to adapt to is the learning curve to each series. When you’re at the same track, same environment and in my case, the same team, it gives you a good baseline that you can build upon. I’ve noticed every year I have been racing that the bar has been reset for my baseline. It’s nice when you have a team like Team Pelfrey where you can jump up each level. You know the group, you know the crew, and you just add horsepower and downforce. We were on the podium here in Pro Mazda this year and now we are back here again in an Indy Lights car!”
No. 3 Team Pelfrey Dallara IL-15 Mazda

• Pato O’Ward returned to the signature yellow team after winning the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and most recently the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship PC class.
• Pato raced to finish second in the 2016 Pro Mazda Championship with Team Pelfrey.
• The eighteen-year-old showcased incredible pace at the Chris Griffis test including topping one session and sitting top three during the majority of the event.

“It was great to get back into Team Pelfrey’s Indy Lights car.  We spent the majority of the test figuring out the track conditions and I was very pleased with how we developed during the test. I want to thank the team as always for their hard work and effort. We will keep working at it and I am crossing my fingers for a great 2018 season.”
Team Pelfrey now continues its off-season testing program as it prepares for the 2018 Mazda Road to Indy season, which kicks off with the St. Petersburg Grand Prix in March. Driver announcements are expected to be made in the next few weeks.

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