Team Pelfrey Indy Lights Leads Final Freedom 100 Practice
 May 26, 2016| 
  • Team News

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Following a frustrating Monday test where Team Pelfrey Indy Lights struggled to find speed, the team was rejuvenated when driver Juan Piedrahita paced final practice for Friday’sFreedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scott Hargrove’s No. 3 GAP Guard Mazda was 8th-quick in the abbreviated session, but neither’s speed will be reflected in the starting order Friday, as rain cancelled Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires qualifying. 

With the starting order reflecting the championship standings, Hargrove will start from the 11th position. “Monday the car was actually really good,” said the British Columbia native, “but the speed was just not there, so we fixed the issue for today, and we were pretty high up right off the bat, even in the no-tow times. I’m super happy with the handling of the car. I got my qualifying in before the rains came, and I thought I had an awesome run. I knew Juan was going to give me a run for my money but I thought we’d both end up in the to three or four, and then of course the rains came. That was disappointing, but the GAP Guard car is good, and we’ll be looking to get to the front tomorrow.” Friday will mark Hargrove’s first race on the famed 2.5-mile oval. In his qualifying run, Scott posted two laps at over 196 mph average in his qualifying run, briefly sitting on provisional pole, and was second-fastest when the rain arrived. 

Piedrahita will make his third Freedom 100 start on Friday. Starting from the 13th position, Juan looks forward to fighting forward. “We had issues two days ago, and it was pretty clear what those issues were because in practice, we were up at the top after one lap,” said the Colombian, who did not qualify because rain fell before his time on track. “The Polipetrosur/Pawco car was good in qualifying runs, it was good in traffic, but unfortunately we can’t control the weather, so we start P13 and Scott starts P11. It’s nice to finally show that pace because it shows how good the Team Pelfrey IL team is and it shows how hard they’ve worked this week. I think we have a good race car, and I’m really excited for tomorrow, and I think we can go to the front.” 

The Freedom 100 sits as the marquee event on the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires calendar, and if recent events are any indication, should make for an exciting 40-lap duel. NBC Sports Network carries coverage of Carb Day festivities starting at 11:00 a.m. ET, and will include the Freedom 100, which is set for12:20 p.m. Live timing and scoring can also be found on the Road to Indy TV mobile 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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