Andretti Autosport Mid-Ohio Race Two Report
 July 31, 2016| 
  • Team News

LEXINGTON, Ohio - The sun was shining and the cars were fast for today's Race 2 of the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Dean Stoneman started today's race from the fourth position and landed on the podium for the second time this weekend finishing in second. Shelby Blackstock started sixth and drove an impressive race - setting the second fastest lap - before seeing the checkered flag from fifth position. Dalton Kellett, who started from the 12th position, ran as high as seventh in today's 28-lap race. Kellett was defending position when he and another car made contact on track that resulted in a ninth place finish. 

The Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network this Wednesday, August 3 at 1:00 am ET. Make sure to set your DVR's so you can watch all of today's action – you won’t want to miss it! 

The trio next heads to Watkins Glen International to participate in the Verizon IndyCar Series test taking place on August 11. Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition will resume for Round 16 at Watkins Glen International Labor Day weekend. 

DEAN STONEMAN

NO. 27 STELLRECHT MAZDA 

"It was a very good weekend! We struggled a little bit in practice, but continued to make the car better. It was a good two races, the points are closed up. Unfortunately Santi [Urrutia] has pulled away a little bit so all we can do is focus on the next two rounds and hopefully we can pull it all together. This was a very difficult track. Every time we go out, the track’s changed - it’s very difficult around here. We’ve worked really hard and the team has worked to improve the car, which we have, but it’s still not quite where we want it to be but we did good in two races and we moved forward in both races which is good for the championship and good points for the team." 

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK     

NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA 

"Overall decent weekend for the Starstruck crew. I think in Race 2 we had the second fastest lap by just one one-thousandth of a second, so that shows that the car definitely had the pace in it. Unfortunately, we stuck to the inside and everybody went around to the outside and I lost a couple positions, but we were able to fire our way back up to finish fifth. The car was very racy, but it’s the best race car we’ve had all season. I think if we could have qualified a little further up the grid, it definitely would've helped us gain even more position - that showed for Dean. He started in Row 2 and was able to get a podium out of it. So overall a great result for the team. I’ll definitely take the points and move on to Watkins Glen. Thanks to the Andretti crew for giving us such a great race car." 

DALTON KELLETT

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

"Starting from 12th and finishing ninth is still improvement. We were in P7 most of the race. The last couple of laps we just got into it with another car on track battling for position. I haven’t seen the video yet, so I don’t want to sit here and assign blame, but I’d say that both cars made contact. So, I’d chalk it up as more of a racing incident. Other than that it was good race. This weekend showed really good progression for all the Andretti cars and glad to see the K-LINE Insulators car moving up the field. "

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