More Valuable Points for DeFrancesco as Search for Speed Continues
 May 15, 2021| 
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Italian-Canadian racer scores pair of top 10s at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
• Strong on-track aggression from the Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport racer

INDIANAPOLIS – Miami-based Italian-Canadian racer Devlin DeFrancesco departed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a pair of top-10 finishes in the latest rounds of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship.
 
DeFrancesco qualified and finished seventh in Friday’s race but showed progress in today’s sixth round of the championship. Despite qualifying eighth today, the 21-year-old racer was in strong form with an aggressive start to gain positions in the opening turns.
 
At the mid-point of the race, DeFrancesco looked set to pounce on rival Linus Lundqvist to challenge for fifth place. After making a mistake, the Swede took the inside line down the straight, with DeFrancesco winning the braking duel at the end of the front straight.
 
Lundqvist struck the inside curb in Turn One and made contact with DeFrancesco pushing him wide. The Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport racer was able to recover and spent the remainder of the race battling Lundqvist for fifth place.

DeFrancesco is looking forward to taking the lessons learned from this weekend at Indianapolis into the next four rounds of the championship which will be held on consecutive weekends in June.
 
Rounds seven and eight will be raced on the tight confines of the Detroit Belle Isle street circuit on June 12-13 before switching to the fast sweeping turns of Elkhart Lake’s Road America in Wisconsin on June 17-20 for rounds nine and ten of the 20-round Indy Lights championship.
 
Unfortunately, DeFrancesco’s hopes of driving on his “dream circuit” in his hometown of Toronto have been dashed with the event forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario, Canada.
 
To replace the event, Indy Lights and the complete Road to Indy series will contest an additional round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – adding an additional race weekend on October 1-3.
 
DEVLIN DEFRANCESO: "Today was definitely a step forward from yesterday, although qualifying was still a little bit of a disappointment. Linus (Lundqvist) made a mistake – in the drivers briefing, they said no cutting across the grass and that’s what he did – and there was no penalty in it. It was the race director’s choice and it is what it is. I’m excited to put this weekend behind us and find the speed that we were lacking and head to Detroit."

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