Madison, IL – (August 26, 2019) Belardi Auto Racing didn’t come away with a win in this past weekend’s final oval event of the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship, but the team and rookie driver Lucas Kohl learned a lot they can take forward into the final events of the season.
Lucas Kohl and his No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing team felt confident heading into the race weekend after spending a day the week before testing at World Wide Technology Raceway. They had a good baseline setup, but as it is with every race weekend fine tuning is needed. The team did just that, getting faster and faster as the weekend went on, including Kohl working on his line through the corners.
Qualifying didn’t go to plan as Kohl qualified 8th for the 75 lap race, but more importantly he was comfortable in the car and ready to attack in the race.
On the opening lap Kohl was able to battle with the 27 machine for 7th place, and was able to make the pass coming out of turn 2. The battle for 7th continued on for a few laps, until Kohl settled into 8th and got in his rhythm.
On lap 11 the field received the only caution of the race, for a spin by the No. 2 car. With Kohl now in the 7th position for the restart on lap 15, the goal was to keep the 2 car behind him and begin working on the 67 machine. Kohl did just that during the remaining laps of the race, ultimately unable to pass the 67 car and coming home in the 7th position.
“I felt like we made great progress during practice, but struggled a bit during qualifying. I was glad to see that we were able to gather it back up and came up with a good setup for the race which allowed me to run really competitive times. Unfortunately World Wide Technology Raceway is a difficult track to pass, and it was hard to move forward. I’m really happy with our progress, and also need to give a big shout out to my team for working really hard and getting us competitive,” said Lucas Kohl
Lucas Kohl and the Belardi Auto Racing team head back on the road, this time to Portland International Raceway for the 2nd to last Indy Lights race weekend. Kohl sits 8th in the points standings only 13 points behind 7th place.