Pabst Racing Optimistic Despite Challenging Baltimore Weekend
 September 4, 2013| 
  • Team News

Dalton Kellett debuted the Pabst Racing, K-Line Insulators USA No.17 Firestone Indy Lights car at The Grand Prix of Baltimore last weekend

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. – Pabst Racing made their Firestone Indy Lights debut on September 1st with Canadian driver Dalton Kellett at The Grand Prix of Baltimore. The weekend began with a smooth start but quickly proved that motorsports is challenging, no matter what level you’re at.

After a solid start to the weekend, the team fought a few challenges after an incident in qualifying that caused damage to the Pabst Racing, K-Line Insulators USA No. 17 Firestone Indy Lights car. Continued persistence was the theme of the weekend and after remaining optimistic, the team got back on track for the race in the eighth starting position.

The team was very happy with Kellett’s performance throughout the weekend as team owner Augie Pabst stated, and were reassured that motorsports is a competitive sport that allows no room for mistake after a DNF in Sunday’s race.

“The downside of the weekend was not finishing the race,” said Pabst. ”It’s just a reminder that at ANY level of racing, one little mistake can cost you the race.  Dalton did a fantastic job by gaining one position on the opening lap and made a small mistake on lap two that took us out.  He proved that with more seat time he will very competitive.”

In hindsight the team was reminded that accomplishing goals are what improvement is all about and Kellett had a positive outlook on the weekend as well.

“Despite what happened in the race, I would say that my first experience in the Firestone Indy Lights car was positive,” said Kellett. “Every session was an improvement and I managed to get very comfortable with the car by the end of the weekend. Those were my goals going into the weekend and I am happy that they were accomplished.”

As always important, the team reflected on the weekend by looking at what could be done to improve and how they plan to move forward. Rookie driver Kellett felt confident about his future in Firestone Indy Lights.

“I think this weekend showed that myself and Pabst Racing are ready to take on the challenges of racing Indy Lights. The fact that I was able to adjust to the car quickly, and show good pace, has served to increase my confidence. From my experience in the race, I have learned to be more patient during the opening laps and not to over drive the car.”

Pabst was also reassured of the team’s capabilities in the Firestone Indy Lights series.

“As a team, we learned that we are fully prepared to field an Indy Lights team in 2014.  The cars are great to work on and the series does a fantastic job on every level.  We felt right right at home and look forward to next year.”

The team will finish the 2013 season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda as they head to close their season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as well as the debut of Houston, Texas’ street course race at Reliant Park.

About Pabst Racing Services
Pabst Racing has been preparing winning racecars since 1983. The Pabst team was started by Augie Pabst Jr., former sports car racing legend from the 1950s and early 1960s who won many races and championships throughout his career. Current President Augie Pabst III  (former driver as well), took over the business in 1991. By 1998 Augie III decided to focus on owning and maintaining a wide variety of winning racecars including SCCA Spec Racer, Shelby Can-Am, 911 Porsche, Ford Mustang GT-1 and primarily Van Diemen Formula 2000 cars. For more information about Pabst Racing, please visit www.PabstRacing.com.

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