Team Pelfrey-Indy Lights Adapts to Challenging Friday
 April 23, 2016| 
  • Team News

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. April 22, 2016 – Following a very positive March test at Barber Motorsports Park, Team Pelfrey Indy Lights was surprised to struggled in its first practice for the Legacy Indy Lights 100, but rebounded in the afternoon and is looking up heading into Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires qualifying and race day in Alabama. 

In practice 1, Scott Hargrove and Juan Piedrahita finished the first practice P11 and P14, respectively, as the duo battled a slick race track for the first time on the weekend. Hargrove posted his best lap in the No. 3 GAP Guard Mazda at 1 minute, 14.919 seconds, and Piedrahita completed 13 circulations in his No. 2 Polipetrosur/Pawco Mazda, his fastest lap at 1:15.255. Adjustments made to both cars paid off in the afternoon, as Piedrahita paced the pair with a best lap of 1:14.715, which was 7th-quick. Hargrove’s 1:14.747 placed him directly behind in P8. Piedrahita ran as high as second, and Hargrove’s fast lap, recorded midway through the session, briefly put him P1 as neither driver changed tires in the afternoon session. 

“This morning was a little bit of a surprise for us, because we were expecting a really good car,” said Piedrahita, whose previous best finish at Barber in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires is 7th (twice). “So we came back and made some adjustments. I went out with a soft package in the afternoon and the car wasn’t there, and Scott was really really fast, so I came in and we made more adjustments, and right away the car was so good. Overall a roller coaster of a day. Just need to take it all and do tomorrow what we just did, and we’ll be okay. 

 “The track conditions were different today compared to the test,” said Hargrove. “So we had to make some adjustments on the car that we weren’t expecting. But every change we made we got a really good read on, and I think we went in the right direction this afternoon. The car feels good, and we’re looking forward to qualifying tomorrow.”

Qualifying for Race 1 of the Legacy Indy Lights 100 takes place Saturday morning April 23 at 9:00 a.m. ET, followed by Race 1 at 1:00 p.m., and Race 2 at 1:20 p.m. on Sunday April 24. Live streaming of all sessions can be found at racecontrol.indycar.com and on the Road to Indy TV app. 

About Team Pelfrey-IL
Team Pelfrey, the 2011 rebirth of memorable IndyCar operation Team Pelfrey, ventures back into professional open-wheel racing with an important goal in mind: help and develop new talent. Starting in 2016, Team Pelfrey will become the first and only organization in motorsports that houses teams in each ladder of the Mazda Road to Indy, which grooms some of the best young talents in the world for North America’s premier open-wheel racing series, the Verizon IndyCar Series.

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