Indy Lights Open Testing Notes 1-14-15
The same eight drivers and five teams took to the Palm Beach International Raceway Road Course for a second day of official Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire testing.
For most of the day, it looked like the fierce battle we saw Spencer Pigot and Scott Hargrove wage in 2014 Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tire championship would spill over into the Indy Lights season. But in the last half hour, it was Pigot's teammate at Juncos Racing, Kyle Kaiser who "won" testing with a time of 1:05.269.
Here are the combined results from today:
Driver -- Laps Completed -- Best Lap Time
Kyle Kaiser -- 72 -- 1:05.269
Scott Hargrove -- 75 -- 1:05.504
Spencer Pigot -- 47 -- 1:05.636
Jack Harvey -- 52 -- 1:05.928
Shelby Blackstock -- 86 -- 1:05.928
Felix Serralles -- 64 -- 1:05.980
RC Enerson -- 78 -- 1:06.068
Ethan Ringel -- 89 -- 1:06.364
New Mazda-Powered Indy Lights Dallara IL-15 Shines During Initial Test in Florida
If the drivers' comments following the first test of the new Mazda MZR-R-powered Dallara IL-15 are anything to go by, this year's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season is likely to be a barn-burner. A total of eight drivers representing five teams took part in the two-day test at the 2.034-mile Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla., and all were ecstatic about the pace, consistency and reliability of the new car which will make its race debut on the streets of St. Petersburg on March 28/29.
At the conclusion of the first day the top four drivers and teams were separated by a hair over two tenths of a second. The top two drivers from last year's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires were the initial pacesetters, with second-place finisher Scott Hargrove, from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, driving for Enzo Potolicchio's impressive 8Star Motorsports team, edging out series champion Spencer Pigot (Juncos Racing) by a scant 0.0643s. Hargrove's best time on the opening day after completing 46 trouble-free laps was 1:06.8606.
Felix Serralles, from Ponce, Puerto Rico, making his return to the U.S. scene after competing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship the past few years, also was right in the mix for the 2014 Indy Lights championship-winning team, Belardi Auto Racing, at 1:06.9886, followed by RC Enerson, from New Port Richey, Fla., who has joined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports after finishing second in last year's Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, at 1:07.0624.
The teams had much to do sorting out the attractive new Dallara IL-15 chassis, the turbocharged 2.0-liter Mazda MZR-R engine and the latest specification Cooper tires. Only 8Star Motorsports and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had any prior experience with the car - at an entrant test day at Palm Beach last month - so progress was rapid and consistent.