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Kirkwood quickest in Indy Lights testing at Gateway

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

Kyle Kirkwood goes into this weekend’s Indy Lights double-header at the Gateway oval as the driver to beat after setting the pace in the official pre-event test.

The Andretti Autosport driver set his fastest lap, a 28.1581s at 159.812mph, fairly early on in the second one-hour session on Thursday after being being second fastest to Andretti Steinbrenner driver Devlin DeFrancesco in session one.

DeFranceesco had topped the first session with his penultimate lap at the end, setting a 28.2895s lap at 159.070mph, with Kirkwood also setting his personal best on his penultimate tour of the track and was just 0.0098 seconds slower.

Only the Andretti and Carlin with Jay Howard Driver Development drivers ventured out onto track in the final minutes.

Benjamin Pederson had for a long time been the driver setting the pace for Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports, and was 0.0430s back come the end of the session and he and HMD’s David Malukas, 0.0595s off the pace, didn’t improve on benchmarks they had set in the first half of the session.

Linus Lundqvist completed the top five in session one, also improving at the very end on his personal best, and he was second fastest behind Kirkwood in the faster second session. His best lap, set at 159.172mph, was 0.1132s off the pace.

Again Pedersen was the driver at the top of the timesheet early on, but this time was shuffled down to fourth. DeFrancesco ended up fifth overall for the day after not improving on his session one time, and Malukas didn’t go faster either but was still the sixth fastest driver over the two sessions.

Test results

Pos Name Team Speed (mph) Laps
1 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport 159.812 100
2 Linus Lundqvist Global Racing Group w/ HMD 159.172 115
3 Robert Megennis Andretti Autosport 159.116 123
4 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group w/ HMD 159.098 115
5 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport 159.070 113
6 David Malukas HMD Motorsports 158.736 105
7 Danial Frost Andretti Autosport 158.706 115
8 Toby Sowery Juncos Racing 156.877 102
9 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 156.284 98
10 Alex Peroni Carlin w/ JHDD 154.763 116
11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing 154.591 122
12 Christian Bogle Carlin w/ JHDD 153.744 107