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Kirkwood quickest at Road America in Indy Lights testing

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood followed up his Detroit double win with the fastest lap in the pre-event test for the next Indy Lights round at Road America.

The test was split into two one-hour long sessions on Thursday afternoon, and it was Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports’ Linus Lundqvist who set the pace in the first one.

He and team-mate Benjamin Pedersen actually spent much of that session in the pits, setting his first lap with less than a quarter of the session left to run and then setting consecutive improvements in the final minutes to rise from last to first with a 1m55.7129s.

That put him over a third of a second ahead of HMD’s David Malukas and two thirds ahead of Carlin with Jay Howard Driver Development’s Alex Peroni. However the field was fairly tight behind Peroni, who had been at the top halfway through the session, with Kirkwood and Andretti stablmates Devlin DeFrancesco and Robert Megennis closely matched.

Kirkwood went straight to the top in the second session, before Pedersen went fastest with his first laps of the track after not departing the pits earlier in the day.

Pedersen improved by almost half a second after that to lead the first third of the session ahead of Lundqvist, but two successive flying laps from Kirkwood put him back ahead and with a laptime even he then couldn’t match: a 1m55.2861s.

Malukas set the day’s second fastest lap with 24 minutes to go, with DeFrancesco, Lundqvist and Danial Frost (Andretti) all setting laps in the 1m55.6s region to go third, fourth and fifth.

Juncos Racing’s Toby Sowery was sixth, while Peroni’s best effort from session one put him seventh overall.

Test results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport 1m55.2861s 30
2 David Malukas HMD Motorsports 1m55.5080s +0.2219s 26
3 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport 1m55.6462s +0.3601s 26
4 Linus Lundqvist Global Racing Group w/ HMD 1m55.6505s +0.3644s 21
5 Danial Frost Andretti Autosport 1m55.6828s +0.3967s 30
6 Toby Sowery Juncos Racing 1m56.0614s +0.7753s 29
7 Alex Peroni Carlin w/ JHDD 1m56.3404s +1.0543s 25
8 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group w/ HMD 1m56.5466s +1.2605s 15
9 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1m56.7225s +1.4364s 28
10 Robert Megennis Andretti Autosport 1m56.7916s +1.5055s 26
11 Nikita Lastochkin HMD Motorsports 1m57.4238s +2.1377s 22
12 Christian Bogle Carlin w/ JHDD 1m57.5901s +2.3040s 24
13 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing 1m59.3564s +4.0703s 20