Round 14 of the 2017 Indy Lights Presented by
Cooper Tires season saw Colton Herta lead the field for a sixth time this
season in his Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing’s No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda.
Nabbing more poles than any other driver in the field this season, Herta helped
Andretti Autosport to its 45th in Indy Lights competition.


Qualifying Saturday morning before Race 1 at
Mid-Ohio Motorsports Park in Lexington, Ohio, Herta claimed the pole with a
fastest lap of 114.326 mph over Urrutia in second and teammate Nico Jamin, in
the No. 27 Synova Mazda. Laying his fastest lap of the session down at 1:11.3945,
Jamin qualified third for Race 2 of the weekend, with Ryan Norman, in his No.
48 Journey Mazda lining up sixth behind him. Norman’s quickest lap of the
session clocked in at 1:12.0909, with Dalton Kellett, in the No. 28 K-Line
Insulators USA Mazda, starting 10th after qualifying at 1:12.5374.


Leading the field to green for the 38-lap event
on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course, Herta looked to take off on the start,
but found himself in a spirited battle with Jamin after overtaking second place
from Belardi’s Santi Urrutia.


On Lap 3, Jamin overtook the lead from Herta after
spinning. Able to continue, Herta fell back to 12th as Jamin took off. Further
back in the field, Kellett found himself running alongside Garth Rickards, making
contact with the No. 11 and forcing the Canadian to pit after sustaining front
wing damage. With quick work by his crew, Kellett was able to return to the
track after the wing change, looking to make up lost ground.


With the field settling in, Jamin continued to
lead while Herta climbed, picking off positions as he raced by. Between them,
Norman looked to improve upon his Race 1 finishing position, running solidly in
seventh for most of the day.


As the checkers fell, Jamin claimed his third
victory of the 2017 Indy Lights season, marking his sixth win in seven races in
the Mazda Road to Indy program at Mid-Ohio, his seventh straight podium at the
track. Herta dug in hard behind him, recovering to finish sixth after falling
toward the tail end early, while Norman crossed the finish line seventh. After
suffering front wing damage, Kellett fell a lap down, finishing 13th.


The Andretti Autosport Indy Lights drivers look
to take on their third and final oval of the season, racing around the 1.25-mile
Gateway Motorsports Park for Round 15, Aug. 25-26 in Madison, Illinois.


Nico Jamin – No. 27 Synova Mazda

Started: 3rd // Finished: 1st // Championship:
6th (242 pts.)


“The race was absolutely incredible, I can’t
believe it. The track was good, the car was good. I knew I had to make ground
at the start because it’s so hard to pass around here. I got right on Colton’s
gearbox at the start and it worked great. I knew it was going to be a great
fight the whole race with my teammate and was sorry to see him spin. I’m so
happy for the whole 27 team to be back on the top step of the podium. My
brother came to support me and I’m really glad to have him here for this.
Everyone asks me what it is about Mid-Ohio that makes me successful, I don’t
really know. I think it’s all about the rhythm of the track; you don’t really
have time to rest here. I think the biggest thing is that I’ve been racing here
so much that I know what I want out of the car, the team was able to give that
to me and together we were successful.”

Colton Herta – No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda

Started: 1st // Finished: 6th
// Championship: 2nd (255 pts., tied)


doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel after Race 2 today. We started on the
pole, were in a great battle with my teammate and the 98 had that race. I had
gained a good lead by Lap 3 and then spun. We fell back to the rear of the
field and were able to work our way back up to sixth – but there’s a big
difference between sixth and a win. All in all, we should be leaving Ohio with
more points which we need, but we’re not completely out of the championship
hunt just yet. We’ll be looking for wins at Gateway and Watkins Glen to keep
the fight alive.”

Ryan Norman – No. 48 Journey Mazda

Started: 6th // Finished: 7th
// Championship: 11th (176 pts., tied)


“The race didn’t go so well at the beginning –
we had power issues like what we had yesterday and up until about the fourth or
fifth lap, I was like a sitting duck. After that, I put my head down and just
waited for opportunities. I’m kind of disappointed for this weekend. I know we
have a fast car, and I know we could have been out front but just didn’t have
any luck with mechanical issues. We’ll be back stronger at Gateway, and then hopefully
end even stronger in Watkins Glen.”



Dalton Kellett – No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA

Started: 10th // Finished: 13th
// Championship: 10th (176 pts., tied)


definitely wasn’t the best
race for us here today. I’m pretty disappointed with where we ended up. We
would have had a quick race car, but got into an incident with Rickards. We
were side by side through [Turn] 4, I was on the outside and he tried to
squeeze me. It’s frustrating but it is what it is. Overall, the Andretti guys
did a great job all weekend and congrats to my teammate Nico on the win. I’m
looking forward to getting back on track at Gateway for the next oval race.”