Team Pelfrey IL Cannot Shake Poor Luck at Indy
 May 14, 2016| 
  • Team News

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Getting out of Friday the 13th was not enough for Team Pelfrey Indy Lights this weekend, as poor luck followed the two-car team into Saturday, where for the second straight day, both cars were dealt contact from competitors on the track. 

Starting from the 9th position, Scott Hargrove drove as high as 5th in the early going, but was spun another car made contact with the No. 3 GAP Guard Mazda going into turn four. Hargrove spun, recovered, and continued on, eventually climbing back to his starting position of 9th, and finishing on the lead lap. “It was an interesting afternoon, for sure. We made some changes overnight and everything seemed pretty good in the morning warmup, where we were P2. We went for an aggressive downforce strategy for the race to try and gain some topline speed, but I think it backfired a little bit on us. Guys were able to keep up in the corners and draft us down the straights. I had a good start, got up to fifth, and after that it was just managing to keep people behind. We were having some great battles with guys, and eventually another guy came in and decided to make it three wide in turn four, which ended with all of us in the gravel trap. I managed to keep going and finish on the lead lap, but still a bit disappointing we weren’t able to keep that strong run going.” 

Piedrahita’s luck was no better in the No. 2 Polipetrosur/Pawco machine. After another great start that saw him launch from 14th to 9th, light contact with another car bent his suspension, forcing a pit stop that put him a lap down. “I got a good start again, passed a bunch of cars early, but then I had a clash with Ed Jones, and my toelink got bent. I had to pit and that was basically my race. The guys did a great job to get me back out, and the pace was decent, but we’re still lacking something. We’re lacking luck, first, but we’re still searching for that extra bit out of the car, so we just have to keep pushing. 

“Indy is next, and I know we can win that race. I have the experience, I like that race and I love oval racing, and if we can have a good setup I think we can win the Freedom 100, so I’m really looking forward to that. Today was disappointing, but we’re back on track in a week and a half, and we’ll keep pushing.”

Next up for Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires is the race which teams and drivers look forward to most: the Freedom 100 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Indy Lights will test on the oval on Monday, May23, qualify on Thursday May 26, and the 40-lap shootout will take place on Friday May 27, Carb Day. All sessions of the Freedom 100 be followed at indycar.racecontrol.com and on the Road to Indy TV app. 

About Team Pelfrey IL
Team Pelfrey, the 2011 rebirth of memorable IndyCar operation Team Pelfrey, ventures back into professional open-wheel racing with an important goal in mind: help and develop new talent. Starting in 2016, Team Pelfrey will become the first and only organization in motorsports that houses teams in each ladder of the Mazda Road to Indy, which grooms some of the best young talents in the world for North America’s premier open-wheel racing series, the Verizon IndyCar Series.

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