Indianapolis, IN – Team Pelfrey’s Jonathan Kotyk adds another win to his F1600 Championship Series career after an outstanding performance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Notably, teammate David Osborne scored his first podium finish and Matthew Cowley increased his lead by 22 points over Zach Holden.
Team Pelfrey came into the doubleheader weekend with high expectations following Cowley’s impressive showing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the May 12-13th tripleheader. The Englishman pulled off three wins in a single day, setting a new F1600 Championship Series record. The Team Pelfrey trio began their weekend on Friday, giving the drivers ample time to prepare for their Brickyard debut.
The Race One starting grid was determined by the combined efforts of two 25-minute qualifying sessions. This allowed Cowley to claim pole position through a strong strategic performance following his struggle in the first session due to windy conditions and the lack of drafting opportunities. Zach Holden of K-Hill Motorsports clinched second-position from Kotyk by .222-seconds, and Osborne slotted in sixth-place for the first contest of the weekend.
As the windy conditions were unwavering, the competition became robust during the quick 10-lap contest. The Pelfrey power cars had to strictly focus on strategy as the 21-car field battled for positions, often charging across the yard of bricks three-wide toward Turn-1. Throughout the caution-free event, Osborne scored the fastest lap on Lap 9 with a time of 1 minute 35.185 seconds marking his second pole position for Race Two and his fourth top-five finish of the 2017 season. It was a photo-finish as the checkered flag waved when Kotyk was passed by Yuven Sundaramoorthy of K-Hill Motorsports, finishing ahead of the Floridian by a slim margin of .039-seconds. Cowley tucked in behind Kotyk for a third-place result.
The doubleheader concluded Sunday afternoon when the field was led down the iconic front stretch by an all signature yellow front row with Osborne in the No. 82 Team Pelfrey machine on pole and teammates Cowley and Kotyk in second and third-place, respectively. When the green flag waved commencing the 21-minute session, the trio battled for the lead heading into the first turn three-wide, granting Kotyk the ability to collect two positions from his teammates for the lead. However, Kotyk was not out of reach from Zach Holden. On Lap 2 the 23-year-old was overtaken and settled into third, nonetheless continuing to challenge for the top step on the podium. Teammate Cowley was involved in an unfortunate race incident in Turn 7 with 9 minutes remaining, shuffling him to eighth-place. He worked his way through the field to collect a top-five finish, adding valuable points and increasing his lead to 335 in the championship ahead of Holden with 313 points.
A full-course caution brought out the checkered flag due to Chris Smith making contact in Turn 12, which enabled Kotyk to claim his first win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Osborne showed tremendous pace throughout the contest, consistently running in the lead pack and collecting his first podium finish in third-place.
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Matthew Cowley (No. 80 Cardio Wall/Team Pelfrey): “We had good pace all weekend, but I’m disappointed to not come away with a win. We still managed to bring home some good championship points for the team and myself. Thank you to Team Pelfrey for providing me with a great car.”
Jonathan Kotyk (No. 81 Gap Guard/Team Pelfrey): “Wow what a weekend! The racing at IMS was challenging which made the race full of action. Going into the weekend I knew we had a good car, so it was important to stay up front. With the help from the team, we had two great results. I’m really happy to have brought home a first and second-place finish for Team Pelfrey and Gap Guard.”
David Osborne (No. 82 Team Pelfrey): “Incredibly happy with the results of the weekend. Being on pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a special feeling and then to finish on the podium for the first time this season felt incredible. I’m looking forward to the Mid-Ohio meeting in a few weeks and continuing the string of good results."