After leading the majority of the 45-minute session, Kaylen Frederick had the top spot on the time sheets taken away from him by yesterday’s test session leader Calvin Ming in the final ten minutes. However a last minute lap at 133.138mph, allowed the 15-year old Team Pelfrey rookie to recapture the top spot.
Ming, and his Pabst Racing teammates Rinus VeeKay, and Lucas Kohl went two-three-four in the final practice before qualifying, and were joined in the top five by ArmsUp Motorsports’ Alex Baron.
Oliver Askew, who currently leads VeeKay by 24 points had the sixth quickest time in his Soul Red Cape Motorsports No. 3.
The 13 entries turned a total of 646 trouble free laps.
I (Steve) went out and watched some of the practice in Turn 1 and Turn 2, and the racing has the potential to be really exciting. The Mazda powered Tatuus cars could follow very closely, and it appeared as if a second line was rubbering in.
Mazda Iowa 60 presented by Cooper Tires race practice results
|RANK||CAR NO.||NAME||TEAM||FAST LAP (MPH)||TOTAL LAPS|
|1||81||Kaylen Frederick||Team Pelfrey||133.138||60|
|2||22||Calvin Ming||Pabst Racing||133.086||54|
|3||21||Rinus VeeKay||Pabst Racing||132.921||73|
|4||23||Lucas Kohl||Pabst Racing||132.200||69|
|5||4||Alex Baron||ArmsUp Motorsports||131.929||31|
|6||3||Oliver Askew||Cape Motorsports||131.754||42|
|7||7||Devin Wojcik||ArmsUp Motorsports||131.286||55|
|8||82||Ayla Agren||Team Pelfrey||130.717||56|
|9||80||Robert Megennis||Team Pelfrey||130.480||61|
|10||90||Parker Thompson||Exclusive Autosport||129.674||48|
|11||12||Moises de la Vara||DEForce Racing||129.571||34|
|12||11||Kory Enders||DEForce Racing||128.971||36|
|13||92||Dev Gore||Exclusive Autosport||121.950||27|
The 45 minute USF2000 qualifying session begins at 9:15am on Sunday morning and the green flag flies to start the 60 lap race at 1:05pm.
The final Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire practice session before tomorrow morning’s qualifying was led by Carlin sophomore Zachary Claman DeMelo. The Road America race #2 winner also led testing at the 0.894 mile oval last week.
The Canadian was followed by on the timesheet by Colton Herta, and fellow Great White North citizen Dalton Kellett.
Rookies, and championship contenders Matheus Leist and Aaron Telitz rounded out the top five.
The majority of the half-hour session was led by Leist, but in the final ten minutes, purple times started to pop up on the timing screen as drivers put on fresh rubber and made qualifying simulations.
The sticker Cooper Tire party ended with just over five minutes left in the session when a pair of Andretti Autosport decided to practice their synchronized spinning routine.
Nico Jamin took the lead, pirouetting at the exit of Turn 2, the No. 27 Synova sponsored Andretti Autosport machine just tapped the outside safer barrier before drifting down the track and coming to rest on the inside of the back straight.
Kellett, who was following his rookie teammate Jamin, had the back end of his Mazda powered Dallara break loose while trying to avoid him, and also just tapped the SAFER Barrier on the back straight.
The track did go back to green for two minutes, but nobody was able to improve on their times.
TSO had a chance to catch up with Trevor Carlin yesterday, and he admitted that he didn’t think the “boys in blue” would be as strong as they have been so far this year. That wasn’t a slam against his drivers, just an honest observation. Carlin wasn’t sure what to expect from sophomore Neil Alberico, and thought that Leist and Claman De Melo would need one year of seasoning, before running up front next year. Carlin, who has been involved in European and American junior motorsports categories for a quarter of century told us that with the natural pace that young Canadian and Brazilian drivers posses, he expected to win a lot of races – next year.
Mazda Iowa 100 Presented by Cooper Tires Indy Lights race practice #2 results
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||FAST LAP (MPH)||TOTAL LAPS|
|1||13||Zachary Claman De Melo||Carlin||162.577||30|
|2||98||Colton Herta||Andretti Steinbrenner Racing||162.470||41|
|3||28||Dalton Kellett||Andretti Autosport||162.014||27|
|5||9||Aaron Telitz||Belardi Auto Racing||161.020||36|
|6||48||Ryan Norman||Andretti Autosport||160.746||29|
|8||5||Santi Urrutia||Belardi Auto Racing||160.374||33|
|10||27||Nico Jamin||Andretti Autosport||159.759||22|
|11||31||Nicolas Dapero||Juncos Racing||159.736||43|
|12||18||Kyle Kaiser||Juncos Racing||159.648||42|
|13||2||Juan Piedrahita||Team Pelfrey||159.169||34|
|14||51||Shelby Blackstock||Belardi Auto Racing||158.369||30|
The 45 minute Indy Lights qualifying session begins at 10:15am on Sunday morning and the green flag flies to start the 100 lap race at 2pm.
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