Following the cancellation of yesterday's sessions due to rain, Gateway International Speedway was sunny and dry for the Dayton Indy Lights series to run two-practice sessions today. The tension of the drivers and teams were relieved as the...
Following the cancellation of yesterday's sessions due to rain, Gateway International Speedway was sunny and dry for the Dayton Indy Lights series to run two-practice sessions today. The tension of the drivers and teams were relieved as the engines finally started.
The third practice was canceled due to the storm that hit immediately following the second session. Sunday's forecast for the race is partly cloudy with a little sunshine.
#64 Rolando Quintanilla (TelMex/Canel's/Akron) Second-year driver had a best career finish of 5th place at the Texas Motor Speedway, where he won the Dayton Move to the Front Award for improving the most positions and he also set a career-best qualifying effort of 5th place at the Kansas Speedway this year. This will be his second attempt at Gateway during his career.
"After the second practice session today, the team found the problem with the engine. Apparently, we have been struggling with a cracked cylinder head all day. We plan to change the engine before the third practice session and get some track time. I feel that my team will give me a good car for the race tomorrow and I am looking forward to a successful race!" Unfortunately due to the canceled practice session this afternoon, Rolando wasn't able to run but two laps today and was not able to set a lap time.
#65 Luis Diaz (TelMex/Canel's/Akron) Second-year driver set his best career finishes at Texas and Milwaukee and also won the Dayton Move to the Front Award. This will be his first attempt at the Gateway International Speedway and he is looking forward to a successful finish.
During the first session Luis only completed two laps due to an engine installation check and a subsequent rain shower. In the second session, changes were made to the car and Luis' times immediately improved. He set a time of 30.944, unfortunately his progress was stopped when the #15 car Rudy Junco hit the wall in turn 4. After the session he felt good, "We now have a good parameter with the car and I think we can improve a lot before the race. Mother Nature was nice enough to give us one good practice today and I am looking forward to the race! We are ready to win!"