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Indy Lights and USF2000 Toronto Race Recap

 

Juan Piedrahita

No. 2 Polipetrosur Team Pelfrey Mazda

Race 1: Qualified 6th / Finished 6th

Race 2: Qualified 8th / Finished 4th

  • Despite running over debris resulting in a right rear tire puncture, Piedrahita remarkably defended his sixth-place position in Race One.

  • The Colombian had a strong performance showcasing his skillset in Race Two as he cycled his way through the field after unavoidable contact required the 24-year-old to pit for a new front wing in the early stages of the 45-lap feature.

  • His fourth-place finish in Race Two is his best finish of the 2017 season.

“After the chaos in Race Two, we were able to replace the front wing and get back to the rhythm. I had a decent restart and everything clicked. I just started driving through the field and was able to work my way to fourth-position. Now that the confidence is up for the last few races of the season, we want to bring our ‘A-game’ and battle for the podium.”

 

Robert Megennis:

No. 80 Palo Alto Networks Team Pelfrey Mazda

Race 1: Qualified 7th // Finished 13th

Race 2: Qualified 6th // Finished 5th

 

  • Starting Race One from midfield, Megennnis found rhythm in the second half of the race and continuously laid down quick lap times, gaining valuable seconds to challenge Jose Sierra for fourth-place.The 17-year-old lost grip at the exit of Turn 6, making brief contact which resulted in an early retirement.

  • Megennis hovered at the top of the time sheets prior to the red flag in Race Two qualifying, however following a break in the on-track action, traffic and several local cautions made it difficult to better his early progress. He managed to secure a third row starting position for Race Two.

  • In Race Two, Megennis started strong and battled his way to third, when a full course caution reset the field. Following the restart, Megennis had slight wheel-to-wheel contact with Rinus VeeKay while fighting for second place causing light damage to his suspension. Though initially falling a few positions, the series sophomore adapted his aggressive driving style and quickly adapted his aggressive driving style and quickly placed pressure on Darren Keane as the laps diminished.

“This track is so much fun. There’s always a lot of going on. The track is bumpy and there’s an asphalt change. There’s a lot you have to remember and deal with through the races, so I really do enjoy this place. I love the city of Toronto and I love racing here.”

 

Kaylen Frederick

No. 81 Pilot ONE Racing Team Pelfrey Mazda

Race 1: Qualified 4th// Finished 17th

Race 2: Qualified 13th// Finished 3th

  • The Maryland native adapted quickly to the 1.5-mile street circuit to secure a solid fourth-place position for Race One, however Frederick’s day ended early when he made contact with the outside wall in Turn 8.

  • Frederick went into the weekend with the mindset to better himself as a driver and consistently hitting his marks every lap instead of focusing strictly on results. His mental approach paid off after the rookie drove a flawless race in the second event of the weekend after starting in the back half of the field.

“I woke up this morning thinking I could only move forward. I mean, I was starting 13th in Race Two. I was thinking I just have to hit my marks and slowly make my way up there. It was a great race because I put my head down and continued to improve the whole time.”

 

Team Pelfrey travels back stateside to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 28-30 for the next rounds of the Mazda Road to Indy Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. For media inquiries contact Chelsea Timmerman at ct@coforce.com or follow @TeamPelfrey on social media.

 

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