Andretti Autosport COTA Test Report
 February 18, 2019| 
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Andretti COTA Test 2018
INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES
FEBRUARY 12-13, 2019

 

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field ran in three test sessions between Tuesday and Wednesday where the Andretti Autosport cars topped the speed charts. Newly announced driver Oliver Askew claimed the fastest lap overall with Julien Falchero (evaluation test) clocked the second quickest lap. Veteran driver Ryan Norman found himself fourth overall and rookie Robert Megennis finished the test sixth.

The Indy Lights team kicks of their season on the streets of St. Petersburg for a doubleheader event. Race 1 will go green on Saturday, March 9, followed by Race 2 on Sunday, March 10.

 

OLIVER ASKEW
No. 28 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
  • Session 1: Finished third with a fast lap time of 01:54.8458
  • Session 2: Finished first with a fast lap time of 01:54.3065
  • Session 3: Finished first with a fast lap time of 01:53.8017
      "I'm super happy and thankful to be with Andretti Autosport and to have the opportunity to race with such a legendary team. You can really feel the passion within the crew members and at the shop. These guys and girls work really, really hard. So I'm happy to be here and really happy with our test at COTA overall. I love the track and the car seems a good performing well. To announce my ride in the morning and then go P1 in the session to cap it all off was a really good way to end the test."

       

      JULIEN FALCHERO
      No. 26 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
      • Session 1: Finished first with a fast lap time of 01:54.6577
      • Session 2: Finished second with a fast lap time of 01:54.5303
      • Session 3:F inished second with a fast lap time of 01:53.8441
          “My engineer and the team really helped me a lot and I’m really happy to test with Andretti. To be honest, the car is great. I’m coming from GP3 and it’s very different. You have more grip with the Indy Lights, you have more aero, the brakes are way better, it’s really good, and the Cooper tire as well makes a big difference.”

           

           

          RYAN NORMAN
          No. 48 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA

          • Session 1: Finished second with a fast lap time of 01:54.6577
          • Session 2: Finished third with a fast lap time of 01:54.5380
          • Session 3: Finished fourth with a fast lap time of 01:53.9342
              “I think it was definitely a productive test. It showed how competitive the field is going to be this year. The top four cars were all within a tenth [of a second] from each other. Its definitely going to be an intense season. I’m a little disappointed because in the last corner of my flying lap, while I was going up the gears, my clutch was doing something strange, so we weren’t able to get a true read of our full potential. COTA is a super fun track and I really enjoyed being there. I can’t wait to get the race season started and return to COTA for the race weekend.”

               

              ROBERT MEGENNIS
              No. 27 ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DALLARA
              • Session 1: Finished fourth with a fast lap time of 01:55.6310
              • Session 2: Finished sixth with a fast lap time of 01:55.4980
              • Session 3: Finished sixth with a fast lap time of 01:54.9380
                  “It’s really comforting and fun knowing you have a full season ahead and you’re building a program for that. I used the test to get to know my mechanics and engineer and build the relationship and trust for the season ahead and we were trying different things for the car. This test wasn’t our best - we had some car issues and made a few mistakes, but it’s testing and we’re learning. I’m super excited to get the season started and get to St. Petersburg. I’m excited to go back to COTA too. The track is really awesome.”

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