NEWTON, IA – The Indy Lights Series took to the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway for two practice sessions on Saturday afternoon, as those two sessions proved to be very pivotal for the rest of the weekend, as it was the only two times the series would take to the central Iowa track in preparation for tomorrow’s 100 Lap race.
On Sunday, the series will qualify and race, as today were the only two practice sessions to get their respective cars right for tomorrow afternoon’s race. That’s why among the two drivers that were quickest in the two sessions, just happened to be the top two in the standings entering this weekend.
In the opening session, rookie Dean Stoneman led the way with a top lap of 163.290 mph in his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Mazda.
That lap proved to be the quickest of the day.
Then in final practice, points leader Ed Jones was quickest as he turned a lap of 162.517 mph in his No. 11 Carlin Racing entry. Second on the speed charts in final practice was the third contender for this year’s title with Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports’ Santiago Urrutia, as he turned a lap of 162.124 mph in his No. 55 entry.
Zach Veach, Kyle Kaiser and Piedrahita were third through fifth respectively in the final session while Jones, Claman De Melo and Urruita were third through fifth respectively in the opening session.