Under partly cloudy skies at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams took to the track for practice and qualifying sessions ahead of their last double-header weekend of the season.
The Andretti Autosport Indy Lights quartet take to the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course tomorrow for Race 1 this weekend. Coverage of Rounds 13 and 14 from Lexington, Ohio, air Sunday, July 30, at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
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Qualified ninth for tomorrow's Race 1 with a fastest lap of 1:12.5227
In order to avoid contact in Turn 11 with a spun car, Kellett went off track into the grass, making contact with the wall, cutting his practice session short
“It was an interesting first day here at Mid-Ohio. We got caught up this morning in practice by a car that spun and I think I was the first car coming through when the yellow came out. I didn’t have time to slow down and my decision of going off track as opposed to hitting the other car for conservation of everyone’s equipment, that was pretty much what I had to do. We only got a few laps in this morning in that session, then just went right into qualifying. It was really tough – the track conditions were a lot different. A lot more grip this afternoon after the Indy cars have been out and the USF2000 had their qualifying and race. It was really challenging to adapt to the different conditions from this morning. I think we did a good job. If we didn’t have the moment, the spin coming out of Turn 2 and our lap taken away, we’d probably be top five. Overall, I’m happy with the car, just disappointed ending up ninth. We know the car is at pace, and I think we can be in contention for tomorrow."