Milwaukee's first visit was a high low event for Jonathan Summerton, who was at the track for his first time this weekend with the Firestone Indy Lights Series. Starting with a couple of practices Jonathan soon got the hang of this 1 mile flat...
Milwaukee's first visit was a high low event for Jonathan Summerton, who was at the track for his first time this weekend with the Firestone Indy Lights Series.
Starting with a couple of practices Jonathan soon got the hang of this 1 mile flat oval which makes it unique compared to the high banks of some tracks. In practice 1 Summerton was 2nd fastest. For the second practice the team tested several set ups and Jonathan said, "The car was fast straight out of the truck. We didn't put new tires on like several teams as we wanted to see how the race would wear the tires, so the results don't show our true speed. Anderson are doing a great job and we can run with anyone.."
Qualifying on the same day makes everyone that little more cautious, as if you hit the wall basically you're done. Jonathan went out on his warm up lap and had a push so took it a little easier than perhaps he should have. This showed in his first timed. By the second lap he improved setting the track record and the two together was 2nd fastest. On his return to the pits his feedback was taken by the team to help his team mate to go out and set a blistering P1 time. This left Jonathan in inside 2nd grid.
"For the race we had a good start," said Jonathan, "and soon we were running well holding third but then in lap 5 the yellow came out due to an incident." As the cars prepared to go green they started to accelerate and Jonathan was hit in the rear by a car behind him. Summerton said it came into the back of me and caused me to spin. Luckily I kept it off the wall but flat spotted my tires. I called into the team and they deiced to wait possibly for a yellow, rather than go a lap down. In the interim I went racing moving from the back slowly but surely and had reached 10th place when my front tire blew and put me into the wall. It was unfortunate that this happened as even though I had flat spots the car was still good and I could have moved up a few more spots but with the tire blown it wasn't going to happen."
Anderson racing team are working well to give me great cars and I know we can win the championship given the chance. I would like to thank Mockett, Charter, Allied Building products, Give Kids the World, and Andersen family for all everyone has done and of course the crew and fans for their support.
Next race is Iowa, June 20th