Devlin DeFrancesco’s hopes of Road America success were dashed today after suffering contact in the first corner of round nine of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires at Road America.

The Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport racer was hit in the right rear as he entered the first turn in third place. Remarkably – the front row of the Indy Lights field also clashed forcing the first three cars off the track.

The 21-year-old Miami-based Italian-Canadian racer was forced to pit to assess damage to the floor of the No.17 entry.

DeFrancesco returned to the track to complete virtual test miles running off the back of the field to eventually cross the line in 10th place after running lap times that mirrored that of the race leaders.

Tomorrow DeFrancesco will have the opportunity to bounce back in round ten of the championship which kicks off at 8:50 AM.


“The speed was there all weekend and we got ran into in Turn one. You know, that’s racing. We’re not really getting the luck of the green at the moment.

“The results aren’t down to where our speed actually is, so that’s the thing that hurts. Even with a broken floor, the Andretti Steinbrenner car was still fast. Big props to our guys and we need to bounce back tomorrow.”

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