Speedway, IN (May 25, 2018) – The 16th annual Freedom 100 took place today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and as always it was one of the most thrilling races of the year.
Starting the race in the 5th position as Santiago Urrutia and in 8th was Aaron Telitz. The race got off immediately to a hectic start. Santiago was able to charge his way quickly up to the front and begin doing battle with the race leaders Dalton Kellett and Pato O’Ward.
Unfortunately for Aaron Telitz, he was not able to show the full potential of his Belardi Auto Racing No. 9 due to an issue with the gearbox on his car. Aaron was able to make up a couple of spots due to attrition, but never got to really get out front with his teammate and challenge for the top spot.
“It was a tough day here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, my car handled great today. I was able to hang on to the back of the pack, but unfortunately wasn’t able to make any passes due to an issue with my gears. I had to run around in 5th gear the whole time which basically left me hanging on at the back. I am glad to bring the car home in 1 piece, not do anything dumb. We picked up a couple of spots due to attrition, so we will look to improve things for the next race.”
Throughout the entire duration of the 40 lap event, Santiago battled for the top spot, making daring move after daring move. The No. 5 car had the perfect balance, as Santiago was able to run the high line, low line and every line in between. Santi was able to hold the top spot for a time, but with the way the cars are able to draft up so quick to each other he really had to work to maintain the top spot.
As the drivers were coming down to take the checkered flag Santiago made one last attempt to draft past the 3 Andretti Autosports cars, but was unable to sling shot past.
“I was able to run the high lines very easy with the downforce level I had. It stinks not to win, but it is what it is. I wanted to take the win, but 4th is better than hitting the wall. I was close to hitting the wall a few times when I was battling with Dalton Kellett. I think it was a good race for sure, I didn’t win the race so it’s not the best. Now we are going to improve on the road courses, since we seem to be okay on the ovals, now I’m looking forward to Road America.”
It was a thrilling race all day long for the Belardi Auto Racing Team, and we are looking forward to getting to Road America and challenging for the top spot once again!
Direct Contact: Brian Belardi
About Belardi Auto Racing: Belardi Auto Racing is an organization comprised of experienced individuals in the racing industry with an aggressive growth strategy and a strong commitment to finishing up front. No stranger to winning, team members having been achieving success in both the amateur and pro ranks for over a decade, winning numerous junior formula car races and championships. Based in Brownsburg, IN, Belardi Auto Racing won the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and has scored multiple races wins in both Indy Lights and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered By Mazda, including the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis and prestigious races like the Long Beach Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Toronto Indy and events at tracks such as the Milwaukee Mile, Pocono, Road America, Watkins Glen and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.