St. Pete: Andersen Racing qualifying report

Andersen Racing's Jorda Is Making Steady Progress at St. Pete ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 27 - The streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. are a long way from Carmen Jorda's hometown of Alcoy, Spain, but Andersen Racing's 21-year-old Firestone Indy...

Andersen Racing's Jorda Is Making Steady Progress at St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 27 - The streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. are a long way from Carmen Jorda's hometown of Alcoy, Spain, but Andersen Racing's 21-year-old Firestone Indy Lights rookie is getting more comfortable with her surroundings all the time.

Jorda, who is based in Miami for her initial year of racing in the United States, is having to adapt to a long list of things this weekend at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but both she and her team co-owner are seeing her confidence grow every session.

On Saturday afternoon she cut nearly 2 seconds (1.9266 to be exact) off her best time in practice to qualify 15th for her first Firestone Indy Lights race, which will get the green flag Sunday at 12:45 p.m. Her qualifying time was 1:08.8789 for an average speed of 94.077 miles per hour for the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course beside Tampa Bay.

Her fastest lap in the first practice session Friday was a 1:15.5393 (85.783 mph), and her fastest lap in the second practice session Saturday morning was a 1:10.8055 (91.518 mph).

"Everything is quite different from what I'm used to," Jorda said after the qualifying session.

"These cars are quite heavier than what I'm used to," she added. "On Friday I had to work on getting to know the track, which was quite difficult because I didn't know any of the braking points. Then we had a problem with downshifting, but we solved that. Now we are going to continue to improve. This is the first time I'm racing in America, this is the first time I'm racing in this series, this is the first time I'm racing on this track, this is my first race with this team and this is my first race in this car. There is a lot to learn.

"Right now I don't care about where I place," she added. "What is important is learning everything I can and being able to work well with the team. Andersen Racing is doing a great job. I am happy to be here."

"The whole crew and I are extremely pleased with the progress Carmen is making," said team co-owner John Andersen. "She's getting more confident as he gets more familiar with us, the car and the circuit."

Jorda competed in the European Formula 3 Open and the European Formula 3 Open Copa de España series last year. She had two podium finishes in the latter series, including a second at Magny-Cours, France.

-source: andersen racing

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Carmen Jorda