AYLA AGREN FINISHES 6th IN RACE 1 AND 14th IN RACE 2 AT THE ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS IN THE COOPER TIRES USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP POWERED BY MAZDA
RACE NOTES/QUOTES—- Indianapolis, Indiana, May 11, 2015
Agren qualified 9th for Race 1 with a time of 1:27.5067.
During Race 1 the Norwegian got a good start and maintained her position. Agren stayed out of trouble, showing good pace, finishing the race in 6th place, earning her best finish so far this year.
For Race 2 Agren started 10th as her second fastest lap time (1:27.7648) from Friday’s qualifying earned her that position.
Saturday morning began well, with a good start where she moved up some positions. Ayla was in 8th position when she got a puncture on the last lap, which was a result of flat spotting the tire earlier in the race.
This weekend marked Agren’s first start at the IMS Road Course.
Not only is the Norwegian racing full-time in the US, but she’s a full time student as well. Agren commutes back and forth to Norway where she will complete her accounting and economics degree at BI Norwegian Business School in Norway this spring.
This year marks the second year for the Baerum, Norway native with Team Pelfrey.
Agren campaigned in the F1600 Championship Series in 2013 with Bryan Herta Autosport, finishing fourth overall, securing two podiums and two pole positions.
In 2014, the 21-year old joined Team Pelfrey in the F1600 Championship Series where she had a dominant season, recording three wins (Mid-Ohio, Pittsburgh, Watkins Glen), five podiums (three-2nd place finishes and two 3rd place finishes) and three pole positions. Agren then went onto clinch the 2014 F1600 Championship Series title, making her the first female in open-wheel racing to win a professional championship title.
Ayla Agren, No. 81 Team Pelfrey, on the races: “Overall it was a positive weekend for us. As a team we showed good pace, the car felt good and the race runs were decent. We finished in 6th position in Race 1, and Race 2 was looking good. I got a flat spot early in the race which then punctured on the last lap. That was a bit unfortunate, but I am very positive going forward building of the momentum we got here. Next race will be at Lucas Oil Raceway and the first time on an oval in the Team Pelfrey No. 81 car!”
Ayla’s thoughts on driving on the IMS Road Course: “Just getting to drive at IMS was a dream come true. It was definitely something special. My goal is to one day win the Indy 500, so I feel like it was a little teaser before you are able to hit the speedway.”
Back on Track: Ayla Agren will be back on track May 23rd at Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis) the day before the Indianapolis 500 with Team Pelfrey and the Cooper Tires USF200 Championship Powered by Mazda. Please visit www.usf2000.com and www.aylaagren.com for more updates.