Indy Lights at the Phoenix Oval
Kyle Kaiser en route to victory in his IL-15 boosted
Round 2 of the Owen Developments supplied 2016 Indy Lights Championship saw the first visit to an oval of the season at the Phoenix Oval.
From pole position Kyle Kaiser of Juncos Racing was never troubled on the way to his first win this season, taking the championship lead in the process.
Fellow front-row starter Carlin Racing’s Ed Jones was rarely more than 1.5 seconds adrift, but rarely closer than one second to the back of his rival, apart from when backmarker Heamin Choi span causing a caution.
At the end of the 90 lap race the leaders were split by only 1.1 seconds, but another 10 laps would have mixed the order behind Kaiser. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ RC Enerson was just 0.2 seconds off Jones, while Santiago Urrutia was pressing for third.
British driver Dean Stoneman’s oval debut ended with a satisfying fifth, from a start back in ninth. The Andretti Autosport driver was experimenting with different lines throughout, as he worked his way forward, and his constant pressure on SPM’s Andre Negrao paid off as he muscled past in the final quarter of the race.
Behind Negrao, erstwhile championship leader Felix Serralles (Carlin) was seventh, while the other St. Petersburg winner, Felix Rosenqvist of Belardi Auto Racing, was a desultory 15th.
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