Indy Lights Drivers Battistini, Sherman Qualify 17th and 18th Respectively Driving in their Red, White, and Blue colored racecars, the Panther Racing Firestone Indy Lights racecars qualified 17th and 18th at Watkins Glen International. The day...
Indy Lights Drivers Battistini, Sherman Qualify 17th and 18th Respectively
Driving in their Red, White, and Blue colored racecars, the Panther Racing Firestone Indy Lights racecars qualified 17th and 18th at Watkins Glen International. The day started with a broken gearbox in Dillon Battistini's No. 15 National Guard Delphi machine, followed by a spins from both Brent Sherman and Battistini in practice and ended with the teammates starting side-by-side in the ninth row for the first race of the Corning Twin 100's.
Battistini, who is driving with the National Guard and Delphi logos on his car for the first time this weekend, turned his first ever laps at Watkins Glen today. The three-time Indy Lights winner will look to move through the field and maintain his championship lead.
Starting in the 18th spot, Sherman will try to use his experience at Watkins Glen from other racing series to gain positions in the race and in the championship standing, where he currently sits in eighth. Aiming for his third Top Five of the season, the Panther driver will try to maneuver his way to the front.
Battistini garnered the 17th spot by turning in a speed of 120.095 mph on his last lap of qualifying, while Sherman's speed of 119.747 put him in the 18th position. The teams will try to continue their success from their last race in Iowa where Dillon was victorious and Brent finished fourth.
Dillon Battistini, No. 15 AlexP (Firestone Indy Lights):
"The track is fun to drive. It is a shame that we had to use our qualifying sessions to learn it though. Circumstances have been against us so far, but on a positive note; we can only go forward. We had a decent run and have an opportunity to make up positions. At this point though I'd be happy with a Top Ten run in the first race."
Brent Sherman, No. 16 National Guard Delphi (Firestone Indy Lights):
"We were slow. We made some changes to the car after practice that didn't work. The car just didn't feel as good. I think that we are going to go back to the practice setup. We were slower in qualifying than we were in practice, and it shouldn't be that way. Tomorrow is a new day though, and we have two races where we can make up positions and points."