By Steve Wittich

Veteran Andretti Autosport Indy Lights driver Dalton Kellett led both the tow and no-tow lap speeds during an Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires test session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that was interrupted by moisture and a multi-car incident.

The first of two 90-minute Indy Lights test sessions in preparation for the Carb Day Freedom 100 began at 10 AM. The skies were overcast, the ambient temperature was 71 F, and the track temperature was 88F.

After only a half-hour of installation laps and solo runs, the group running began. With an iffy weather forecast for the afternoon, finding out how your Mazda powered Dallara handles in traffic was more important than finding speed for qualifying.

One group quickly formed with cars running two-wide through Turn 1.

With 27-minutes left in the 90-minute session the yellow flag came out for moisture, and the track remained down for approximately 12-minutes.

The green flag came out with around 15-minutes remaining, but five minutes later the yellow came out for an incident in Turn 2 involving a pair of Belardi Auto Racing cars.

Rookie Belardi Auto Racing w/ Byrd & Baldwin driver Chris Windom, who is making his first Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires start told TSO that he had a moment in Turn 1 and then snapped in Turn 2.

Santi Urrutia tried to avoid his spinning teammate, but could not avoid his spinning teammate.

The cars of Chris Windom (#33) and Santi Urrutia (#5) are brought back to the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires paddock after an on track incident for the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (TSO Photo by Tony DiZinno)

Both drivers were taken to the IU Health Medical Center and were checked, released and cleared to drive.

The session was extended by until 11:45 AM and the green flag came back out with six minutes remaining.

The four Andretti Autosport, one Team Pelfrey and one Juncos Racing car all went out on track for qualifying simulations.

Here is the timesheet at the end of the session

1 28 Dalton Kellett Andretti Autosport 198.005 195.071 46
2 27 Pato O’Ward Andretti Autosport 196.190 194.032 41
3 23 Victor Franzoni Juncos Racing 195.910 193.375 41
4 48 Ryan Norman Andretti Autosport 194.793 194.793 43
5 33 Chris Windom Belardi Auto Racing w/ Byrd & Baldwin 194.730 189.739 35
6 2 Davey Hamilton Jr Team Pelfrey 194.181 191.497 59
7 5 Santi Urrutia Belardi Auto Racing 191.609 191.609 9
8 98 Colton Herta Andretti Steinbrenner Racing 191.405 191.403 29
9 9 Aaron Telitz Belardi Auto Racing 188.989 15

The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series will be back on track on Thursday, May 24, 2018, for a 45-minute practice session at 10:00 am and will qualifying the same day at 1:30 pm. The Freedom 100 will roll off at 12:30 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018.