Road to Indy
October 21, 2019 | 10:00 AM
After finishing second in this year’s title-chase with Juncos Racing, Dutch phenom VeeKay remained perfect over the weekend in Indy Lights as he continued to work with proven race-winning team Belardi Auto Racing.
Fastest in all six 45-minute sessions, VeeKay, 19, turned the fastest lap of the test on Sunday at 1:15.4790, an average speed of 116.329 mph, fractionally better than his 1:15.4795 from Saturday.
A quartet of drivers from Andretti Autosport also improved their pace in day two after chasing VeeKay in every session, with Robert Megennis, from New York, N.Y., emerging second fastest with a best lap of 1:15.7778.
“It was great to be back at IMS,” commented Megennis. “I really do love this track. It’s Indianapolis, so there is something special about it, and having it be where my first Indy Lights win took place, it really made it even more special.
“I have really enjoyed being at the Chris Griffis test this weekend. I was able to focus on my driving, I definitely learned some new things and improved throughout the test. We tried some different things out with the car and made improvements there. All in all, a successful test and huge thanks to the team for the effort this weekend.”
Sweden’s Rasmus Lindh, who finished second in this year’s Indy Pro 2000 championship chase, remained third fastest on Sunday, only one-tenth shy of Megennis, with Russian driver Egor Orudzhev, a veteran of international open-wheel and sports car competition, a similar margin behind in fourth.
“It was difficult to adapt to the way the car works and handles,” said Orudzhev. “The Indy Lights car is a new car to me and took some getting used to. We have been learning every session on track. (On Saturday), we were one second off of P1 (within the team) and today we were two tenths. Overall, today was a promising day and yet we still have a bit more to gain.”
Singapore’s Danial Frost rounded out the small field present for the Indianapolis test, although both HMD Motorsports and Exclusive Autosport, which recently confirmed plans to field entries in 2020, are among several outfits expected to take part in the next scheduled series test at Sebring, Fla., in December.
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