Solid Day’s Work For Belardi Auto Racing
 May 11, 2018| 
  • Team News
Belardi R1 Indy 2018

Speedway, Ind. – Saturday started off a bit challenging for the Belardi Auto Racing team, missing just a small bit on setup during qualifying for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Race 1. Aaron Telitz qualified in the 4th position and starting one spot behind him was his Belardi Auto Racing teammate Santiago Urrutia.

Race 1 started out in a very dramatic fashion. Going into the 1st turn after the long front straightaway, Victor Franzoni got into the back of Pato O’Ward sending them both off into the grass, and ultimately sending both Santiago and Aaron past them.

Pulling away from the 2nd place car of Franzoni, Urrutia was able to work up a 1 second gap to the second placed car. As laps started winding down, the hard charging Herta crept closer and closer to Urrutia. Going under the bridge on the back straight of the road course, Herta was able to get around. At the end of the 30 lap event, Urrutia brought the Belardi Auto Racing number 5 car home in the 2nd position. Urrutia is looking to final break his winless streak here at Indianapolis, and wind up on the top step of the podium in race 2. 

“We gained a lot on the start, we were able to take advantage of the crash. I think Franzoni got on the brakes a little too late and hit Pato. The car was good in the beginning, as soon as the tires started to wear my pace slowed a bit. I was also fighting with really low downforce which did not help, towards the end of the race. We are going to make some small changes and improve on qualifying and we will be fine.”

After starting off the season on a less than stellar note, Aaron Telitz continues to gain momentum. Coming off his 4th place finish in Barber, Telitz was able to better that finish by 1 position in race 1 finishing in the 3rd position. He ran a very consistent race like his teammate Urrutia, and was able to hold off championship leader O’Ward. Telitz is hoping to continue building on this new momentum with his number 9 car and is looking to once again wind up on the podium in race 2.

“It has been a good comeback, obviously we are shooting for mostly wins from here on out because we had so many difficult races at the start. Finishing third is a great way to get the ball rolling, we improved again, 4th at Barber now 3rd here. If we keep doing that every race it’s going to be better. Obviously the start today was pretty hectic. Everybody got on the brakes super late on the inside and I just got on the brakes where I normally would, and had to wait for everyone to go sliding past me. After that I took them on the inside, and then from there pretty much took off with Santi and Victor.”    

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