Nail Biting Day For Belardi Auto Racing
 May 13, 2018| 
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Belardi Race 2 Indy 2018

Speedway, Ind. – Arriving very early to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Belardi Auto Racing team began working on both the Nos. 5 and 9 cars to make them ready for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires qualifying 2. Heading out for the 30-minute session, Santiago Urrutia and Aaron Telitz knew they had to lay down quick laps early, so they would have the time to make changes.

Both cars were fast and in contention for the top spots throughout the session. After some changes were made to the downforce levels on the No. 5 machine, Urrutia immediately went out and threw down a lap that blew away the previous fastest lap in the session. Telitz came in as well with just minutes remaining in the session and made changes to the rear end of his Rice Lake Weighing car that would prove to be beneficial as the session ended.

With Urrutia sitting atop the timing charts with time about to expire, Colton Herta and Pato O’Ward were able to put in quicker times on their final laps. Ultimately, Urrutia began race 2 in the 3rd position followed by Telitz in the 4th position.

Race 2 started off in very similar fashion to race 1, in that when the cars got to turn 1 there was chaos. Urrutia was able to jump the 2nd place car, and Telitz was able to take over the 3rd position. Working together, they began to catch leader O’Ward. Going into turn 1 on the 2nd lap, Telitz was defending against 4th place Herta, when contact was made sending Telitz through the grass and into the last position.

Going down the back stretch and in to turn 7, Urrutia was able to use the draft to his advantage and jump to the inside of O’Ward to take over the top position. Telitz was also able to make up some positions going through turn 7, by passing Ryan Norman and setting his sights on Dalton Kellett. A handful of laps later, Telitz found himself past Kellett and into the 5th position working on Victor Franzoni who sat 4th.

A little over half way through the race O’Ward was starting to catch 1st place Urrutia, until he had a mishap putting him out of contention. Having no threat from behind Santi was able to get back into his zone and just log fast, smooth laps. With O’Ward out of the picture, Telitz took over the 3rd position after a fierce battle with Norman and Franzoni for 4th place.

Facing no threat from behind, Telitz was able to settle down and relax a bit more and just make laps around the famed road course. With both Urrutia and Telitz running 1st and 3rd comfortably, everyone on the team thought things were shaping up to be a great finishing order.

With just a handful of laps remaining in the 35 lap event, Herta closed the gap to Urrutia and began to apply pressure. Urrutia had to drive defensively to attempt to keep the lead. Going into turn 1 at the end of the long front straightaway, Urrutia  and Herta got together and Urrutia went for a small spin, but kept the car fired and was able to continue. Telitz went around the stopped car of Urrutia and into the second position.

After 3 more laps, the checkered flag flew and saw the No. 9 of Aaron Telitz in the 2nd position and the No. 5 of Santiago Urrutia in 4th. Although it is not a win, this was another solid points day for both drivers, and a very consistent and strong showing for the team.

Next up for the Belardi Auto Racing drivers is the biggest race of the year, the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Urrutia will enter this event 3rd in the championship and only 6 points behind championship leader O’Ward. Telitz was able to gain a spot in the championship and will enter the first oval of the year 6th in the point standings, 47 points out of 1st place.

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