Andretti Autosport Mid-Ohio Race 1 Report
 July 30, 2016| 
  • Team News

LEXINGTON, Ohio - Round 14 of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition is complete with Race 1 of the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio in the books. Both Dean Stoneman and Shelby Blackstock battled with other drivers maintaining and fighting to gain positions. Dalton Kellett used today’s Race 1 as a learning experience for tomorrow’s 38-lap race in hopes of gaining more positions. 

The trio will hit the asphalt for Race 2 tomorrow with the green flag in the air at 12:20 p.m. ET. Catch the action live via the Verizon IndyCar Series Facebook page or by listening to INDYCAR Radio on Sirius212 and XM209. Follow along with live timing on the Road to Indy TV app on your phone or by visiting http://indylights.com/results/live-timing. 

The championship chase has tightened considerably, with Stoneman, who upon review of the Toronto event, was credited with an additional seven points from Race 2, now only 24 points out of the championship lead in third. 

DEAN STONEMAN

NO. 27 STELLRECHT MAZDA

• Lined up for Race 1 from the fourth position; will start tomorrow's Race 2 from fourth             

“Practice was difficult yesterday, but we seemed to make the car better. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to practice yesterday afternoon because of the rain. For qualifying this morning, we improved the car, but not quite where we wanted it. We had a quick car, but [Santiago] Urrutia was much quicker than everyone else; we knew we were going to have a good race car. We had a good start, but there was nowhere really to go. I went left, I went right, I went down the middle of the cars and there was just nowhere for me to overtake. I managed a good move down the inside of Turn 4 and ran down the outside of [Turns] 5, 6, 7, and into [Turn] 8 to pass for P3. I held the inside line in front of the No. 4 car and was able to maintain third for the remainder of the race. It was a tough, very physical race.” 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK     

NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA 

• Started from the outside of Row 3 - in sixth position - for the 30-lap race; will grid tomorrow from the sixth position again             

“I got a good start in the beginning going into Turn 1, but I think someone in front checked-up the field, which stacked us up a bit. Then I got caught in the middle of two cars going into Turn 2 and I was bumped into the outside car and unfortunately that resulted in us falling back to P11. The team gave me a really good car – I would say it’s the best car all year and I was able to drive it back up to eighth. I was battling for position and unfortunately got stuck behind him and was pushed off track a couple times. Overall, I’m really proud of the team’s effort and really happy with where the car ended this race. Hopefully we can get a better start in the next race and gain even more points.” 

DALTON KELLETT

NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, INC. MAZDA 

• Began today's race in 11; will see the green flag from 12th for Race 2  

“Race 1 here at Mid-Ohio was alright. Wasn’t exactly what we were looking for - definitely want to see the No. 28 K-Line car further up the field. Just need to work on consistency with the pace and trying to gain more positions off the start. I learned a lot from today’s race – both driver and set-up wise – so I think we should have a good direction heading into tomorrow.”

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