Tough Going for Belardi Auto Racing in the Freedom 100
 May 25, 2019| 
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Speedway, Ind. – The Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires did not go the way Belardi Auto Racing had hoped, but the entire team is ready to fight and push forward to Road America.

Rookie Lucas Kohl was able to bring the No. 5 machine home in the seventh position, recording the highest finishing car for the Belardi team. Having never raced on a superspeedway, with speeds approaching 200 mph, the rookie was able to run a clean race and learn every lap.

“All in all, it was great to have my first oval race in the Indy Lights car here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Of course, we wanted to finish up front, but I think seventh is all we could get today. Everything is so new for me here. With limited track time I think we did the best that we could,” said Lucas Kohl.

Returning to Belardi Auto Racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend was Aaron Telitz who after only completing one practice session and qualifying was able to keep the car clean and bring his Dallara IL-15 home ninth after a broken half shaft put him five laps down.

“It was a bit of a bummer of a day for me. We had a great starting position in our Slick Locks No. 4 Belardi Auto Racing car. On the warm up lap I thought I ran through a puddle of oil, but it ended up being a broken half shaft, but that stuff happens in racing sometimes. The guys did a great job getting my car all fixed and ready to go, and when I went back out I had an awesome car. My car felt great but being five laps down I didn’t feel the need to mess with all the guys out there going for the win at the Freedom 100,” said Aaron Telitz.

Rounding out the three-car lineup was Chris Windom in the Belardi Auto Racing partnered with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing NOS Energy Drink entry. After making it through testing, practice, and qualifying Windom felt confident in his car and himself. Unfortunately, on lap one the 79 machine spun in front of him sending Windom flying on top of the SAFER barrier. Windom wound up finishing 10th.

“We got through Turns 1 and 2 clean and I thought everything was good through 3 and 4. We went to go three wide and I think Askew was on the inside of it and backed out. We went back to two wide, so I thought everything was fine. As we were going through the short chute into turn four, David just came across the track in front of me and lost it, I don’t know exactly what happened with him but he just spun out directly in front of me. We had nowhere to go and had to take another ride again as a passenger. I’m just so disappointed for everybody, between Byrd and Belardi and NOS Energy Drink. Everybody has put so much into doing this again this year and for something like that to happen on the first lap, completely out of our control, is just very disappointing especially when we only get one shot at this a year,” said Chris Windom.

Belardi Auto Racing has now set its sight on rounds eight and nine of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires at Road America on June 21-23. 
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