Indy Lights Grand Prix Of Mid-Ohio Race One: Andretti Autosport Logs Top Tens

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Andretti Autosport
RACE REPORT
INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
COOPER TIRES INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF MID-OHIO POWERED BY MAZDA
RACE 1 REPORT
07.29.17
The team hits the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the second event of this weekend’s double-header Sunday for Round 14 of the 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. Coverage of Rounds 13 and 14 will air Sunday, July 30, at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda
  • Started: 2nd // Finished: 2nd
  • Championship: 2nd (239 pts.)
  • Secured a fifth career Indy Lights podium
  • Moves to second in the points standings, just one point ahead of third and 49 points out of the championship lead
  • Qualified on the pole position for Sunday’s Race 2 with a fastest lap of 1:11.1019, his sixth pole start, the most of any Indy Lights driver this season
“Santi [Urritia] was so consistent and wasn’t making any mistakes. We had one shot when he made a small error and I used my last three push to passes on one lap trying to get around him. I ran out of push to pass on about Lap 12. But the car was really quick, the track changed dramatically. It’s almost like rain line on the first lap with the [IndyCar tire] rubber going down, I’d rather have Cooper tire rubber down. But, it was a good race and helped with points. I’ll settle for second and go for a win from the pole tomorrow.”
No. 27 Synova Mazda
  • Started: 3rd // Finished: 3rd
  • Championship: 7th (211 pts.)
  • Ran as high as second before settling into the third step of the podium, his fourth podium finish of his rookie season
  • Qualified third for tomorrow’s Race 2 with a fastest lap of 1:11.3945
“With all the support series, the track was really weird. It almost felt like there was no grip for the first two or three laps. I think we had a really good start to get up to second, but after that we struggled a bit to gain anything with the car. I did everything I could with the tools in the car to try and help. I think we maybe didn’t make the right changes for the conditions that changed and had a few power issues. I don’t know exactly what it was, but we’ll figure it out for tomorrow and work to balance the car better. The No. 27 team did a great job today, and it’s great to get back on the podium with them.”
No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda
  • Started: 9th // Finished: 7th
  • Championship: 9th (168 pts.)
  • Recorded his 18th career top-10 finish
  • Qualified 10th for tomorrow’s Race 2 with a fastest lap of 1:12.5374
“We started all the way back in ninth for Race 1 after losing our fast lap in qualifying. We were definitely looking to make up some spots, and we did that and made some passes on some open spots. I had a run on Neil [Alberico] in the middle of the race, but he picked it up and ran away. Then everything kind of settled into a nice rhythm, and we just stayed in that seventh place for the rest of the race. The team did a good job with the cars though and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
No. 48 Journey Mazda
  • Started: 10th // Finished: 9th
  • Championship: 11th (162 pts.)
  • Holds 11 top-10 finishes in just 13 career Indy Lights starts
  • Qualified sixth for tomorrow’s Race 2 with a fastest lap of 1:12.0909
“The beginning of the race was a little weird and we had an issue in second gear, so on the start in the first couple of laps I just got eaten up in slow the corners. Suddenly, second seemed fine and I just put my head down and chipped away at it. I think we had a car to push forward more toward the front today, but we’ll have to go back to the garage and see what went wrong today so we can fix it for tomorrow.”

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