Team Pelfrey's Grist Claims Consecutive Top 10’s in Toronto
 July 17, 2016| 
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TORONTO – Team Pelfrey Indy Lights drivers Juan Piedrahita and Garett Grist competed on the streets of Toronto in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship double-header. Local driver and series rookie Grist claimed back-to-back top ten finishes in just his second race weekend in Indy Lights.
For 21-year-old Grist, the 1.75-mile, 11-turn street circuit is his home circuit. Growing up nearby Grimsby, Ontario, Grist was looking forward to repeating his previous performance at the circuit, where he won a race during last year’s race in the Pro Mazda Championship. For Piedrahita, he was looking to better his fourth-place performance he recorded at the track in 2015.
In Race One, Piedrahita took off from the eighth position, maintaining smooth and consistent laps around the technical street circuit. Grist started from the 10th position and kept his nose clean as the field made its way through the first several laps. On lap 10, the Bogota, Columbian made heavy contact with Dean Stoneman and Zachary Claman De Melo going into turn three. Piedrahita climbed out of the car under his own power but could not finish the race due to the damaged IL-15. Grist took the eight position after the three-car collision and began to find his rhythm in the No. 3 Gap Guard Team Pelfrey Indy Lights Mazda.
In just his second weekend competing in Indy Lights, Grist was all over the back wing of Ed Jones, looking aggressive in the passing zones of turns one and three and in the newly renovated complex of turns 9-11. Managing the Cooper Tires become a challenge late in the race, as he finished in seventh-place.
Team Pelfrey successfully repaired Piedrahita’s No. 2 Petrosur Team Pelfrey Indy Lights Mazda in time for the 11:30 a.m. ETgreen-flag for Race Two on Sunday. Piedrahita started in the ninth position, while Grist began in 11th place. At the start, the teammates kept clear of the chaos up front, settling into their respective positions. After contact on lap one, Piedrahita suffered damage to his yellow Mazda on the exit of turn 3 and fell to the back of the field. Grist managed to overtake Shelby Blackstock and Neil Alberico for seventh-place and was battling series veteran Zach Veach for sixth. On lap 22, Grist brushed the wall at the exit of turn one, breaking his momentum to chase Veach. He would hold onto the position to finish the race and collect another top ten finish.
The next stop on the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire Championship is the iconic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, July 29-31. You can watch the event online at RoadToIndy.TV and on the Road To Indy TV app. For the latest news and updates, make sure you follow @TeamPelfrey on social media.
Juan Piedrahita (No. 2 Petrosur Team Pelfrey Indy Lights Mazda): “Man, what a weekend. We had great pace in qualifying until the red flag and from there we just faced issues trying to come from the back of the field. Still feeling some pain in my knees from my crash yesterday and really gutted about the issue with problems we had today. I Just tried to keep it clean and enjoy racing in front of the fans in Toronto.”
Garett Grist (No. 3 Gap Guard Team Pelfrey Indy Lights Mazda): “All things considered it was an okay weekend, but it could have been better. We had pace all weekend but I had some issues with turn one in both races which killed my race to the guys in front. Learning how to manage the tires is something I’m still trying figure out. I’m excited to go to Mid-Ohio, I have a lot of success their and it will be the first track that the team and I have experience with.”
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