Mazda Road To Indy – Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire practice for the Freedom 100 – practice #2

The second Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire practice was moved up to 3:30pm after Indy Light’s grad James Hinchcliffe suffered a hard crash in Verizon IndyCar Series practice this morning. INDYCAR checkered their session early to investigate the Hinchcliffe incident and Indy Lights slid into the hole.

The No. 5 and No. 4 of Juan Piedrahita and Felix Serralles were the first Mazda powered Dallaras to take to the track during the afternoon session.

Just before the session started, Indy Lights teams were warned that their session may only run to 4pm, so that IndycCar could get more practice time. And at 3:40 it was announced that the session would end at 4pm so that IndyCar practice could start at 4:15pm.

During the first fifteen minutes of the session only three cars had turned laps. Serralles and Piedrahita were joined on track by RC Enerson, who held the quickest lap at 193.407mph.

Most drivers went out on new tires and did a qualification simulation before settling into race practice.

The best “no-tow” lap of the session was by RC Enerson at 193.407mph.

The two Belardi Auto Racing drivers spent a number of practicing very close proximity to each other. Including side-by-side. Certainly good practice for what has been common place in the most recent Freedom 100’s.

Pigot was again was complaining of understeer.

With three minutes remaining in the session Juan Piedrahita slowed on track and kept it off the wall after it appeared that something on the car broke. He was able to get wowed down and crab-walked into pit lane.

The entire time sheet is as follows. Indy Lights will be back on track after the Verizon IndyCar Series practice.

1 4 Felix Serralles 23 195.251
2 71 Ethan Ringel 11 195.141
3 42 Jack Harvey 14 195.081
4 11 Ed Jones 19 194.821
5 77 Scott Anderson 19 194.207
6 8 Sean Rayhall 18 194.012
7 7 RC Enerson 19 193.852
8 5 Juan Piedrahita 25 193.486
9 18 Kyle Kaiser 17 193.354
10 51 Shelby Blackstock 16 193.267
11 12 Spencer Pigot 18 192.431