Alabama Not So Sweet to Team Pelfrey Indy Lights
 April 24, 2016| 
  • Team News

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second straight morning, Team Pelfrey Indy Lights entered the day with a positive outlook, and for the second straight day, the afternoon ended shy of what the two-car team had hoped for. 

After finishing 7th and 13th respectively in Race 1 on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, Juan Piedrahita and Scott Hargrove had high hopes for their second race of Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires action on Sunday. Hargrove, driver of the No. 3 GAP Guard Mazda, started 9th in the 30-lap event, while Piedrahita’s No. 2 Polipetrosur/Pawco Mazda rolled off the grid from the inside of row 6. On Saturday, Hargrove used an aggressive start to vault up through the field, but could not replicate it on Sunday as he was caught in traffic. Piedrahita passed him in the opening laps as the Canadian fell back to 13th. 

Piedrahita was later assessed a drive-through penalty for avoidable contact with another car, dropping him through the field. Hargrove would advance to 12th in the process, his finishing position, and Piedrahita would take the checkered flag in 16th-place. 

“We were all battling for position at the start,” said Hargrove. “Yesterday I was on the good end of it and today I was on the bad end. I got put in a bad position and it was one of those situations where either you’re going to lift or you’re going to crash. After that, the race was just settling in. But we made a lot of positive changes throughout the weekend and definitely learned a lot. Hopefully we can apply that going forward in the season. I’m about ready to get this No. 3 GAP Guard car in victory lane, and we’ll look to do that at the GP of Indy.” 

When asked about his penalty, Piedrahita shrugged. “I’m not sure what happened to be honest. All I saw was that the No. 4 car tried to go to the inside. I guess I didn’t give him enough room and he went to the grass. They called a drive-through, and that pretty much ended our race because we never recovered. We’ve just got to keep working. I think we have some places where we can improve the car, but we’ll keep working, and hopefully have a better ending next time out.” 

Next up for Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Month of May. Practice for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis begins Thursday May 12, with a doubleheader race weekend onFriday May 13 and Saturday May 14. All on-track action from the Racing Capital of the World can be followed 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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