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Kirkwood tops Andretti 1-2-3 in Indy Lights practice at Mid-Ohio

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood set the pace in free practice at Mid-Ohio as Indy Lights heads into the second half of its season.

Kirkwood, who sits eight points behind HMD Motorsport’s championship leader David Malukas, set the quickest time in the second half of the 45-minute session.

The session was halted early on as Global Racing Group with HMD’s Linus Lundqvist had his third incident of the day after going off seconds into the session at the keyhole hairpin. He didn’t return to track after that.

Using tyres carried over from the streets of Detroit, Kirkwood’s benchmark 1m12.3606s lap was nearly three tenths quicker than Andretti Steinbrenner’s Devlin DeFrancesco.

Times started to drop away after Kirkwood’s effort, not helped by light rain on the circuit, but a few drivers improved on their position late on, including DeFrancesco.

Danial Frost spent most of the session towards the top of the timesheets, with the Singaporean driver completing Andretti’s 1-2-3, while team-mate Robert Megennis set the early pace but slipped back to fifth.

Malukas was fourth fastest, while Juncos Racing pair Sting Ray Robb and Toby Sowery were sixth and seventh. Robb found time late on, while Sowery slipped back after good speed early on.

Free practice results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport 1m12.3606s 19
2 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport 1m12.6600s +0.2994s 25
3 Danial Frost Andretti Autosport 1m12.6722s +0.3116s 20
4 David Malukas HMD Motorsports 1m12.6782s +0.3176s 24
5 Robert Megennis Andretti Autosport 1m12.7157s +0.3551s 24
6 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing 1m12.7603s +0.3997s 24
7 Toby Sowery Juncos Racing 1m12.7880s +0.4274s 22
8 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group w/ HMD 1m12.8288s +0.4682s 25
9 Alex Peroni Carlin w/ JHDD 1m13.1750s +0.8144s 24
10 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing 1m13.3385s +0.9779s 27
11 Nikita Lastochkin HMD Motorsports 1m13.3667s +1.0061s 25
12 Christian Bogle Carlin w/ JHDD 1m13.6453s +1.2847s 22
13 Linus Lundqvist Global Racing Group w/ HMD no time 0