Andretti Autosport Indy Lights Qualifying Review

It was a cool, humid morning from Barber Motorsports Park for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Race 1 qualifications. Considered a successful session for the group, three of the four drivers qualified in the Top 10.
The Andretti Autosport foursome will take the green flag on today’s Mazda Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Alabama at approximately 3 p.m. CT.
No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda
  • Qualified second for Race 1
  • Ran among the top five positions for most of today’s qualifying session, continuing strong run in rookie season
“Today’s session was about consistency. We did about four or five laps where I feel I messed up, but the tires kept getting better and better. I cooled down, and then I had one more go at it and it was good enough for P2. We can get a good jump on the start, maybe make some moves. You never know. It’s a bit tough to pass here, but with push to pass and the Cooper Tires, it should be a bit easier.”
No. 27 Synova Mazda
  • Qualified third for Race 1
  • Recovered from St. Pete’s early exit to run strong in first qualifying session at Barber
“It was a really good qualifying effort for the team, with Colton in P2 and me in P3. I really feel I had that pole in my hands, and it was in the car as well. On that last set, I made a really good first run. On the second, which I think would’ve been the golden lap, we caught a slow car. It diminished my lap time, so I had to back up and go again. I think the peak of the tires were gone at that point, but I was still able to put it in P3 after running P1 in the session. Overall, it was a great qualifying run by the No. 27 Synova Mazda team. We’ll go get them in the race!”
No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda
  • Qualified eighth for Race 1
  • Continues strong start to second season in Indy Lights
“Wow! That was really close! We were four-tenths off and P8, so a great job by the Andretti Autosport team. The No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda crew gave us a great car. It’s very tight field and will be really competitive. I’m really looking forward to this afternoon’s race. We’ve got a few teammates close to the front, so we’ll see what they did differently and try to find a little bit of time there.”
No. 48 Flip Size Mazda
  • Qualified 14th for Race 1
  • Race 1 will be Norman’s first career Indy Light’s start on the 2.38 mile road course
“Overall, not the best qualifying we’ve had. I was struggling a little bit at the end. Struggled to find a little bit of time in Turns 1 and 2, locking it up a couple of times causing the right tire to flat-spot. That messed me up a little bit in that run. We’ll move forward in the race and see where we end up.”

We shall see how the four Andretti Autosport Indy Lights drivers do this afternoon when the green flag flies at Barber Motorsports Pack in Alabama.


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