Coming into the month of May I was leading the Indy Lights Championship coming off two wins at Barber Motorsports Park. Our momentum ended quickly after a tough weekend at the Indianapolis GP but we thought we could get back to the front at the Freedom 100.
The Freedom 100 on Carb Day is the big one for us in Indy Lights; everyone wants to win on the oval at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Our week started on Monday with a day of practice. The car felt pretty good when I was alone but wasn’t comfortable in traffic and I wasn’t able to get close enough to pass anyone. We made some changes for our second day of practice on Thursday. The car felt better in traffic but we still didn’t have the pace to challenge at the front of the pack. Qualifying was disappointing, I was flat the entire time but we could only manage 10th.
Heading into the race I would have been happy with a top-5 finish after the issues we had during the week with the balance of the car. I made a pretty good start and was up to 7th but had a big slide on the exit of turn one a few laps into the race which killed my momentum and I was passed by two cars. Shelby Blackstock and I were battling at the back. Unfortunately we lost touch with the rest of the pack and I just concentrated on keeping the car out of the wall for the rest of the race and brought it home in 9th.
Indy wasn’t great to us at Juncos Racing this year but we’ll be working hard to get back on the podium at the next race in Toronto, June 12th-14th.
Special Thanks to Mazda, Cooper Tires, Doug Mockett & Company, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, BAD, California Scents, MOBĒ, Brad Penn Oil and of course the Juncos Racing team for all of their hard work.
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