Miami-based Italian-Canadian racer Devlin DeFrancesco came away with a pair of top-five finishes in the first of two visits by the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship to Mid-Ohio.

The 21-year-old qualified fifth and finished fifth in both races this weekend – on both occasions spending 35 laps chasing the rear of rival Linus Lundqvist.

DeFrancesco made a strong start and challenged for the fourth spot at the end of the back straight in today’s race.

Thirty-five laps later, the Indy Pro 2000 championship runner-up had to fight hard to defend against championship rival Tony Sowery but held the position as the cars crossed the finish line.

With a long break ahead for the championship, DeFrancesco will now target success at St Louis’ World Wide Technology Raceway when the series returns to action on August 19-21.

DeFrancesco won on the 1.25-mile oval last year in only his second-ever race start on an oval.

The World Wide Technology Raceway event is the only oval race scheduled on the 2021 championship calendar.

DEVLIN DEFRANCESCO

“We had a good start and was able to get alongside (David) Malukas in Turn 2, but he was able to get ahead of me in Turn 4. After that, it was a bit of a struggle for the rest of the race. We need to find a bit more speed from my side and to work hard with my engineer Mark Bryant to see if we can do better around Mid-Ohio.”

“We have a bit of a break now, but I’m really looking forward to the next race on the oval at World Wide Technology Raceway. I loved the track and took the win there last year in Indy Pro 2000 and can’t wait to try the Indy Lights car there.”

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