Bussell Starts on Front Row For Inaugural liberty challenge INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- 22-year old Nick Bussell has a good view for the first lap of the inaugural Menards Infiniti Pro Series road course race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as he...
Bussell Starts on Front Row For Inaugural liberty challenge
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- 22-year old Nick Bussell has a good view for the first lap of the inaugural Menards Infiniti Pro Series road course race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as he begins the Liberty Challenge tomorrow from the outside of row one. The 25-lap race is a support event race for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix being held at the speedway on Sunday, June 19th.
On a picture-perfect Midwestern day, Bussell quickly found front row speed in the JL West Motorsports #21 Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. He held the pole position for a bit with a lap time of 1:26.770 before being bumped late in the second session by fellow series rookie Marco Andretti. With a top speed of 107.871 mph and a strong road-racing background, the Ionia, MI native is expected to seriously contend for the victory on the 2.605-mile circuit.
"I am really looking forward to this road course race", he says. "This track means a lot to me and starting from the front row just feels right. Of course, I wanted the pole and really thought we had it, but we'll make a good run for it from the second spot. At the start of the race the last thing I want to do is lose any spots, so it will be important to maintain my position, and chase Marco down after the first turn. Our car is definitely in good shape, and I feel confident going into the race".
Bussell had mixed feelings about the group session qualifying format. "I prefer single-car qualifying because I don't want to be held up by any slower traffic. I like plenty of free-running space", says Bussell. "Despite what people think, planning a tow would actually be very hard here. You would be lucky to get that opportunity. I thought I was going to have a chance for it as I came up on Jon Herb towards the end of the first session, but he spun and the checkered flag came out".
The Liberty Challenge will follow F1 qualifying Saturday afternoon, June 18th, beginning at 5:45pm (EDT) and will be televised on ESPN 2 at 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 21st.