Toronto, ON, Canada – Belardi Auto Racing and its drivers Aaron Telitz and Lucas Kohl experienced an up and down weekend up north, with a win in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race 1 and an unfortunate incident in race 2 collecting Aaron Telitz.
Joining the Belardi Auto Racing team once again was Aaron Telitz, who took to the Streets of Toronto like the veteran he is. Telitz finished the practice session in the 3rd position less than a tenth off of 1st place. During qualifying, Telitz was able to grab the top spot on his very last lap of the session and would lead the field to the green flag in race 1.
Race 1 could only be described as dominant for Aaron Telitz and the No. 4 Belardi crew. Telitz was able to lead all of the 35 laps on his way to victory lane, his 1st win in the series since 2017 at Watkins Glen. Telitz would carry this momentum into Sunday hungry to sweep the weekend.
Telitz was unable to repeat his qualifying position and had to settle for 3rd place, but was confident in his Dallara IL-15 and felt he could grab the lead quickly. Telitz did just that going into the 1st turn of the race and came out the other side the leader. After holding off the 21 machine of Rinus VeeKay for the majority of the race, an incident occurred between the two and forced a pit stop for Telitz. He would go on to finish 6th.
“I feel like overall it was a great weekend for me in Toronto. We showed awesome pace all weekend leading both races, fastest lap of both races, winning race one and qualifying on pole. It was awesome to give Brian another win here in Toronto. I think he’s got more wins at Toronto than any other track! It’s always a pleasure to drive for Brian. Big thanks to our new sponsors that supported us in Toronto, Outlaw Energy and Motiv8 Sports Group. I’m Looking forward to see if we can get more opportunities to win races this year together,” said Aaron Telitz.
Lucas Kohl had another weekend which saw much improvement session to session. Kohl struggled in the opening practice session, winding up 9th, but had veteran teammate Telitz to lean on in the engineering room in order to better his line around the bumpy course. Having improved greatly between sessions, Kohl was able to shave about 2 seconds off his original time putting him in the 8th position for race 1.
Kohl was able to stay out of trouble and run his own race, bringing the car home in the 7th position tying his best finishing position of the year. Feeling much more confident about getting around the circuit, Kohl was eager for qualifying 2 and seeing if he could better his time from the last session.
Unfortunately Kohl wasn’t able to better his time in qualifying and would start the final race of the weekend in the 9th position eager to move up through the field. Kohl did that by driving like a veteran and staying out of trouble, once again finishing 7th in the race.
“It was a challenging weekend for me, but once again I feel like we improved every session. We managed to stay out of trouble all weekend long, which resulted in us picking up some positions during the race. I was really happy that the Belardi Auto Racing team got to go back to victory lane on Saturday, as the work they put into our cars deserves to be rewarded,” said Lucas Kohl.
Belardi Auto Racing has a short turnaround time, with a series test session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 18th. Following the test session that next weekend will be rounds 12 and 13 at Mid-Ohio. Keep up with everything Belardi Auto Racing by following the team on social media @belardiracing.