By: Spencer Neff
February 12, 2019 | 2:40 PM
After a long offseason, Indy Lights made their 2019 on-track debut at Circuit of the Americas on Tuesday.
The morning session consisted of an hour and 45 minutes of on-track time. Rookie Julien Falchero led the way with a best lap of 1:54.6577 for Andretti Autosport. Teammate Ryan Norman, the only veteran driver testing for Andretti, finished second, .0580 seconds behind Falchero.
Rookies Oliver Askew and Robert Megennis completed the Andretti Autosport 1-2-3-4 in the session. 2018 Pro Mazda (now Indy Pro 2000 champion) Rinus Veekay rounded out the Top Five for Juncos Racing.
Belardi Auto Racing’s Zachary Claman placed sixth on the charts in his return to Indy Lights. Carlin Racing makes their return to the top rung on the Road to Indy ladder after a year away.
Their drivers, Logan Sargeant and Dalton Kellett, ended up seventh and eighth on the charts. Rookie David Malukas turned in the ninth-best time for BN Racing. Belardi’s Lucas Kohl, limited to just five laps, rounded out the 10-car field.
In session 2, Askew led the way (1:54.3065). Falchero finished right behind his teammate on the speed charts. Completing another 1-2-3 finish in the session would be Norman. Askew’s teammates were the only drivers within a second of his quickest time and over the 107 MPH mark.
In a shift from the Andretti dominance of the day, Claman wound up fourth on the charts. Malukas and BN Racing improved to fifth.
The fourth of the Andretti-owned cars, Megennis concluded the day sixth. Following Megennis in the last session, Juncos Racing and Rinus Veekay finished seventh.
Finishing up the first major test in their Indy Lights return, Carlin Racing’s Dalton Kellett and Logan Sargeant wound up eighth and ninth. Rounding out the field, Belardi Auto Racing’s Lucas Kohl finished the day in tenth.
The 10-car field was separated by 4.3386 seconds. Each driver completed at least 15 laps (Kohl), with 27 being the most by any driver (Malukas),
Indy Lights will return to the track at 8:00 a.m. local time for a 75-minute session tomorrow. Stay with Open-Wheels.com and our social media platforms for the latest from testing at COTA.
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