Redemption was the name of the game for championship leader Aaron Telitz during the final Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire practice session of the day. After missing the majority of the first session due to mechanical issues, the 24-year old led the second session over the Juncos Racing threesome of Jake Parsons, Will Owen, and Nicolas Dapero. Pats O’Ward, Telitiz’s closest championship rival turned in the fifth quickest time of the session.
The second and final Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire practice before qualifying bright and early on Saturday morning at 8:35am, began under a cloudless sky and perfect 70F temperatures.
The first 10 minutes of the session saw Team Pelfrey sophomore O’Ward, and Juncos Racing rookie Parsons head the top of the the 12 driver time-sheet. Championship leader Telitz, took over the top spot half-way through the session and ended up with a quick lap of 1:25.2311.
The entire session ran under green flag conditions and the 12 drivers turned a total of 189 laps on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course.
TSO was able to confirm that the No. 82 of Aaron Telitz had a number of issues that limited him to only four laps in the opening session. The Rice Lake Weighing Systems car had an oil leak, a slipping clutch, and when he finally got back out on track he had ran over debris and had a punctured tire.
Second Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire practice session:
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The combined time-sheet was led by Juncos Racing sophomore Owen. The 21-year-old from Plano, Texas is out of the championship discussion, but third place is still in play. Owen currently trails Nico Jamin for that spot by only 17 points.
Combined Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire time sheet:
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