Tough Weekend For Belardi Auto Racing In Portland
Portland International Raceway, unfortunately, was not as kind to Belardi Auto Racing as it was last year, resulting in a best finishing position of 7th in the 2nd to last Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race weekend.
It has been stated over and over this year, that the goal for 2019 is to get rookie Lucas Kohl adjusted to the much faster and bigger Dallara IL-15, and adjusted to Belardi Auto Racing. This past weekend was another weekend spent doing just that, and carrying over the momentum from World Wide Technology Raceway.
Kohl and his No. 5 machine rolled off the trailer with a very balanced setup, winding up finishing 8th only 6 tenths off of the fastest car, Askew. This gave Kohl and the entire team that they were on the right track in terms of setup.
Qualifying was tough for the 5 team, qualifying 7th for race 1 and 8th for race 2, staying within a second of the fastest car in each session.
Kohl drove like a veteran in race 1, avoiding all of the wheel banging to come out of the 1st corner in 5th. From that point on, Kohl fell into his rhythm making laps and adding to his knowledge of the Indy Lights car and the Portland International Raceway.
Lucas Kohl brought the No. 5 machine home in 8th place after sliding back 2 more spots from 6th. Race 1 provided Kohl with some great knowledge for the start of race 2, that everyone was very aggressive in the 1st turn and usually resulted in contact.
Kohl used the knowledge of the start and decided to hang back from the pack just a bit and what a veteran move that turned out to be. Kohl was able to go from 8th all the way up to 4th position by avoiding the 4 car carnage in turn 1.
After the field went back to green, Kohl ran some very competitive laps but was unfortunately not able to keep a few of the other cars behind his Belardi Auto Racing machine. Kohl came home in race 2 in the 7th position.
It was a difficult weekend overall, but as usual the team worked really hard to get us up there. I truly feel like we made good progress throughout the entire weekend. I feel like each race weekend that passes I am getting better, and I can?t wait to get to Laguna.Lucas Kohl
Belardi Auto Racing and driver Lucas Kohl have a few weeks to prepare for the final event of the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. The championship weekend gets underway on September 20 and wraps up on September 22.
— Belardi Auto Racing Media
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