WATKINS GLEN, NY – After a month off, the Indy Lights drivers took to the 11-turn Watkins Glen International road course on Friday for not just one, but two practice sessions. These were the only two sessions of the weekend, as the 12 drivers will only qualify tomorrow morning then race in the afternoon.
With the points battle becoming a heated six man show, these two sessions were important to get accustomed to the 3.4-mile track.
In the opening session, Carlin Racing’s Ed Jones led the way with a lap of 01:33.9594-seconds in his No. 11 entry. Jones, lost the points lead after two bad races at Mid-Ohio, but in the opening session, he showed that he may have something to say about that.
Zach Veach was second quick in the first practice with a lap of 01:34.2868-seconds in his No. 5 Belardi Racing entry.
Dean Stoneman (1:34.3749-seconds) was third quickest while Felix Serralles (1:34.5838-seconds) and Zachary Claman De Melo (01:34.8557-seconds) rounded out the top five.
Points leader Santiago Urrutia was only 11th in session No. 1.
In the final practice later on in the day, Kyle Kaiser led the way with a lap of 1:33.4343-seconds. Urrutia, improved from 11th in the first practice to second in final practice as he turned a lap of 1:33.4911-seconds in his No. 55 SPM entry.
Andre Negrao (1:33.8031-seconds) was third quickest while Claman De Melo (1:33.9616-seconds) and Veach (1:34.3242-seconds) rounded out the top five.
Stoneman, was ninth overall in final practice while Jones was 10th.
With these speeds all over the place on the two sessions, it likely means we will have a thrilling race on Saturday.