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A pair of sophomores led the way in the first Indy Lights session by just “that much.” RC Enerson (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian) turned a quickest lap of 1:14.444, while championship leader Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing) turned a quickest lap of 1:14.445.

In an amazingly tight field, the top five drivers were all within a second of Enerson, with Santiago Urrutia (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian), Dean Stoneman (Andretti Autosport) and Zachary Claman de Melo (Juncos Racing) rounding out that top five.

The top 11 drivers were all within only half of a second of the quickest lap.

Originally a half-hour session, the first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire practice started 10 minutes late and ended up being a 25 minute session.

The teams receive four sets of Cooper Tire slicks for the weekend.

Halfway through the practice and the top five were: Santiago Urrutia, Dean Stoneman, Kyle Kaiser, Dalton Kellett, and Zach Veach.

The entire session ran green, but Andre Negrao ended up in the sand in “Charlotte’s Web” on his last lap.

Felix Rosenqvist, who was second in testing at Barber Motorsports Park in March, lost some laps early in the session after having a mechanical problem that IndyCar Radio reported as his car entering limp mode exiting the corners.  The Swedish driver ended the session wit the session in seventh spot.

Scott Hargrove, who was third in testing at Barber Motorsports Park in March, also had electrical gremlins and lost the first 15 minutes of practice. The 21 year-old didn’t take long to get up to speed, ending up with the 11th quickest time.

The timesheet for the first Indy Lights practice:


1 RC Enerson 1:14.444

2 Kyle Kaiser 1:14.445

3 Santiago Urrutia 1:14.480

4 Dean Stoneman 1:14.519

5 Zachary Claman De Melo 1:14.559

6 Zach Veach 1:14.714

7 Felix Rosenqvist 1:14.774

8 Shelby Blackstock 1:14.886

9 Dalton Kellett 1:14.910

10 Ed Jones 1:14.918

11 Scott Hargrove 1:14.919

12 Felix Serralles 1:15.128

13 Scott Anderson 1:15.245

14 Juan Piedrahita 1:15.255

15 Andre Negrao 1:15.365

16 Neil Alberico 1:16.026

The second and final Indy Lights practice takes place at 5:25pm this afternoon and qualifying is bright and early at 8am on Saturday morning.

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