Andretti Autosport Toronto Race Two Report
 July 17, 2016| 
  • Team News

TORONTO - Race 2 was welcomed by sunny skies and a cool breeze at the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto. The drivers were in their cars as they rolled to the grid for the 45-lap race. Unfortunately for Dean Stoneman (starting position 7), a podium finish to tighten the championship point gap was not in the cards. Stoneman suffered a mechanical issue and was unable to start the race. Shelby Blackstock, starting P12, made contact on Lap 2 with the tire barrier in Turn 1 before continuing on and quickly making up pace. Blackstock completed the race ninth. Toronto-native Dalton Kellett drove his way from the back of the field up to eighth, gaining an impressive six positions before making contact with the tire barriers in Turn 8 with only five laps to go. Kellett saw the checkered flag from 11th.

The team heads back to the states to continue competition for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship in the buckeye state when the trio takes the track at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to complete Rounds 14 and 15. Action on the 13-turn course beings Friday July 29 with Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday.

SHELBY BLACKSTOCK  - NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA

“Pretty tough weekend overall. The car just didn’t have the grip we needed over the bumps. It was a huge fight between the car and the track all weekend long. We made moves in the right direction, it just seemed very consistent with our year – how we ended (in regards to our car set up) is how we wish we would’ve started the weekend. Ready to move on to Mid-Ohio, I’ll definitely take the points from these races. It’s been a tough event for the team - both Indy Lights and our INDYCAR team.”

DALTON KELLETT – NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, Inc. MAZDA

“Great start to Race 2 here in Toronto. I managed to make up a few spots on the opening laps and move up to eighth. I was running consistently trying to keep the gap with the car behind and made a mistake into Turn 8. I out-broke myself a little and nosed it in to the tire barrier and luckily I was able to back out. The K-LINE crew did a great job getting the car back together and putting a new front wing on and getting me back on track. We were able to bring it home in P11 which is still a gain from starting in P14, but I would’ve like to have run a clean race here for the hometown crowd.  Now we can move on to Mid-Ohio and continue to develop our set up for the next few races. Huge thank you to the hometown crowd who came out to support myself and the team this weekend.”

DEAN STONEMAN – NO. 27 STELLRECHT MAZDA

"Just one of those things that unfortunately we cannot control. I thought we had a real chance today so it is a huge frustration and opportunity lost. Thanks to the team for doing all they could to rectify the problem. We just need to stay positive, put this issue behind us and shift our focus to Mid-Ohio."

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