Strong Weekend For Belardi Auto Racing At Road America
 June 26, 2019| 
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Elkhart Lake, Wisc. - Belardi Auto Racing had a strong showing at their home race on the 14-turn road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  The weekend was highlighted by a podium finish in Race 1 from Wisconsin’s own, Aaron Telitz.

Returning to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition, Telitz was ready and confident to attack at Road America.  Becoming familiar with the Dallara IL-15 on a road course was the goal for the No. 4 machine during practice and qualifying and Telitz did just that, posting the 2nd fastest practice speed.  Telitz wound up qualifying 6th for race 1, but knew he had the speed to make up positions.

The opening lap of Race 1 was spectacular, as has become customary for Indy Lights races.  Telitz was able to pick up a spot on the opening turn and slot into 5th.  Telitz was then able to work past Toby Sowery for 4th.  The leader, Rinus Veekay was assessed a drive through penalty for blocking which moved Telitz into the 3rd position.  On lap 2 Telitz was able to go on the outside and pass both Andretti Autosport cars to take over the lead.  On the following lap, Telitz was passed by the 48 car and settled into 2nd.  The remainder of race 1 saw Telitz battling for 2nd but would have to settle for 3rd and a podium finish.

In Race 2, Telitz felt more comfortable back in an Indy Lights car on a road course and thought he had a legitimate shot to contend for the win.  Telitz was starting 3rd and eager to make moves to get to the lead.  On lap 1, Telitz made it 3 wide attempting to pass the 2 cars in front of him going into turn 1 and ended up losing a spot.  Then, going into turn 5, Telitz had a lockup on the curbs causing him to go off track and fall back into 9th.  Telitz then switched his focus to picking off as many drivers as possible and would work his way from 9th all the way to the 5th position.

“It was awesome to get the opportunity to drive in my home race for Belardi Auto Racing! Just hopping in and going for it without having driven on a road course in 10 months was tough, but I was happy with our progress and pace.  Getting on the podium was a happy bonus.  Hope to get more opportunities in the near future,” said Aaron Telitz.

The weekend as a whole for Lucas Kohl was to learn as much as possible and having veteran teammate Aaron Telitz helped speed the learning process along for the young Brazilian.  Kohl went out in practice and turned the 3rd most laps and wound up 4th on the time sheets.  Feeling confident after practice and working with engineers Kent Boyer and Tim Neff, Kohl would go out and record one of his best qualifying positions of the season in 7th.

The opening lap craziness of Race 1 put Lucas in a battle for 8th position with the 79 machine. That battle would ensue until lap 9 when Kohl was passed by the 67 machine.  From that point on Kohl was just putting laps under his belt and learning more about the Dallara IL-15 on the Road America circuit. Kohl would wind up finishing in the 9th position.

Race No. 2 had much different conditions than the previous days race, with the temperature hovering around the mid 60’s making the conditions on track very tricky.  Kohl started race 2 in the 8th position and was looking to make up ground on the leaders and continue to add to his notes about the car.  After Telitz had his run off in turn 5, Kohl was able to follow Telitz around the track and learn from the veteran.  Unfortunately for Kohl, he was unable to make up the ground needed to the leaders and wound up finishing 9th. The race was not a loss for Kohl who got more valuable seat time and was able to learn from the veterans around him.

“I was very happy to be able to jump back into my Belardi Auto Racing machine at Road America, after the long time off from May.  Overall, I am very pleased with the things I was able to learn this weekend from the team and Aaron.  I am excited to take the things I learned onto the next race at Toronto and hope I keep improving,” said Kohl.

Belardi Auto Racing heads north of the border to Toronto, Canada, for the double header race weekend.  Practice for rounds 10 and 11 of the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship kicks off on July 12th followed by qualifying and race 1 on July 13th.  Qualifying 2 and race 2 wrap up the weekend on July 14th
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