Jamin, Franzoni, Askew lead Mazda Road To Indy tests
Nico Jamin put Andretti Autosport top of the leaderboard in Indy Lights testing on the Indy GP road course, as Victor Franzoni led Pro Mazda field for Juncos Racing, and Oliver Askew’s Cape Motorsports machine beat the USF2000 field.
Jamin, who scored his first Indy Lights win at Barber Motorsports Park last month, set a 1min15.0642sec lap, an average speed of 116.972mph around the 2.439-mile course, and that was enough to edge his Dallara IL15-Mazda 0.03sec clear of Kyle Kaiser of Juncos Racing. Kaiser currently lies second in the championship but is still seeking his first win of the season.
Carlin Racing’s Neil Alberico was third fastest, barely more than a tenth slower, and 0.14sec ahead of current championship leader, Colton Herta of Andretti Steinbrenner Racing.
Zachary Claman De Melo (Carlin) and Dalton Kellett (Andretti) completed the top six.
In Pro Mazda, Victor Franzoni of Juncos Racing was a satisfying 0.35sec ahead of the driver who’s beaten him to victory in the first two races of the season, Anthony Martin of Cape Motorsports.
MRTI rookie Carlos Cunha led the Team Pelfrey trio of TJ Fischer and Nikita Lastochkin as the yellow cars claimed third, fourth and sixth, with Phillippe Denes of World Speed Motorsports inserting himself in fifth.
The remarkable pace of the new-for-2017 USF2000 car, the Tatuus USF-17 Mazda, is highlighted by the Indianapolis road course. Despite a 100hp deficit to the antiquated Pro Mazdas, Oliver Askew’s fastest USF2000 time of the test would have put him sixth fastest.
The Cape driver, who has won three of the four races so far this year and leads the championship, set a 1min24.7028 to go almost 0.45sec clear of his nearest competitor, Kaylen Frederick of Team Pelfrey.
Parker Thompson put Exclusive Autosport into P3 ahead of Calvin Ming (Pabst Racing), Ayla Agren (Pelfrey) and Ricky Donison in the second Cape entry.
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