Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport racer Devlin DeFrancesco departs Road America after a frustrating weekend in the latest rounds of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.
In Saturday’s ninth round, contact on the opening lap left DeFrancesco with a damaged floor but the 21-year-old racer demonstrated impressive pace matching the times of the leaders through the race.
After starting fourth in Sunday’s race, the Miami-based Italian-Canadian had a damage-free car but battled a lack of grip throughout the 20-lap journey around the four-mile Road America circuit.
Despite running consistent times throughout the race, he lost sight the podium trio at the front and crossed the line in sixth place.
Next up on the Indy Lights schedule is the first of two trips to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The series will conduct an official test day on June 30 followed by rounds 11 and 12 from July 2-4.
DeFrancesco will again fly the flag for lead sponsor PowerTap Hydrogen at the next rounds at Mid-Ohio. The 2020 Indy Pro 2000 rookie of the year’s other Indy Lights supporters include Kimoa – the fashion, clothing, and accessories brand founded by Fernando Alonso; world-class racing simulator manufacturer AIS; Apple’s largest premium retail partner, Simply Mac; software and services company Fyllo and Sol Yoga.
“Just question marks, to be very honest.
“We didn’t change anything on the car. We kept it about the same as yesterday and we had it fixed after yesterday’s contact, and we seemed to be faster with damage.
“The guys did an amazing job putting the car back together. My team has done a great job, so I’m at loss of words for today but we will move forward to Mid-Ohio.”