The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2016 Championship has returned to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend after a two-week break of competition. Dalton Kellett, Dean Stoneman and Shelby Blackstock tested their oval skills at Phoenix International Raceway in late February, giving them a taste of what is to come tomorrow for the tracks with return to the schedule after 10 years.
With the first two races of the 2016 Indy Lights schedule under their belts, the trio of drivers hit the track today for two sessions of practice and capped the day off with qualifying for tomorrow’s90-lap race.
NO. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS USA, INC. MAZDA
Top Andretti Autosport qualifier taking the green flag from the eighth starting place
“The run was pretty solid. I think there may have been a little bit left in it, but being my first time qualifying the Dallara IL-15 on an oval, I think that is to be expected. I think the Andretti Autosport crew did a great job and gave me a good K-Line Insulators car. ”
NO. 27 STELLRECHT MAZDA
Starting from the ninth position for the Englishman’s career oval debut
“Qualifying was disappointing given our pace in the morning session. I have to take the positives though, this is our first qualifying session in this format and I’m still learning about ovals in my rookie season. I will look to get a good start in the Stellrecht car and see what we can do from where I am in the race.”
NO. 51 STARSTRUCK MAZDA
The Tennessee native will start tomorrow’s Phoenix Grand Prix from the 12th position
“Obviously not where we wanted to end up. I don’t really know where we’re lacking speed. We’ll have to go back, look at some data and try to put together a good Starstruck race car. Hopefully we’ll get a good result tomorrow.”