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Santiago Urrutia told Rob Howden of IndyCar Radio during the first practice session that they were happy with the car during testing at Watkins Glen International on Tuesday. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie explained that they would do a couple of qualifying simulations in the the second practice, and get then get prepared for a busy Saturday. True to his word, the current Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire champion did just that.

Urrutia only ran 10 laps in the 45 minutes session, the fewest of any of the 12 drivers in the field. The reigning Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire turned a scorching lap of 1:33.434 in only his third lap of the session.

That quick lap held until the last few minutes of the session when Kyle Kaiser turned a lap 6/100th of a second quicker than Urrutia.

Andre Negrao and Zachary Claman de Melo joined their teammates in the top five as the only other drivers to break the 1:34 barrier. Zach Veach joined them in the top five.

Kaiser was also the quickest car through the speed trap just before the “Bus Stop”. The Mazda powered No. 18 Juncos Racing Dallara reached a top speed of 174.014mph

Combined time-sheet from the two 45-minute Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire practice sessions:

1 Kyle Kaiser 1:33.4343 28
2 Santiago Urrutia 1:33.4911 12
3 Andre Negrao 1:33.8031 15
4 Ed Jones 1:33.9594 22
5 Zachary Claman de Melo 1:33.9616 28
6 Zach Veach 1:34.2868 22
7 Dean Stoneman 1:34.3749 30
8 Neil Alberico 1:34.3794 24
9 Garett Grist 1:34.5010 31
10 Felix Serralles 1:34.5157 31
11 Dalton Kellett 1:35.0883 33
12 Shelby Blackstock 1:35.1229 32

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire teams and drivers are back on track tomorrow (Saturday) morning for a 45-minute qualifying session at 10am.

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