Indianapolis, Indiana (May 28, 2018) – Although Victor Franzoni did not get the result hoped for at the Freedom 100, the rookie ran one of his best races since joining the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

Round 7 of the Indy Lights Championship kicked off with two practice sessions followed by qualifying on the famous 2.5-mile oval located at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Brazilian rookie Victor Franzoni would take the fourth starting position among the competitive Indy Lights field.

History would repeat itself with one of the most action packed races and record setting passes during the Freedom 100. When the green flag waved the field would go to battle for the lead. In only five laps 27 passes had been made. Franzoni would be one of the top cars battling for the lead and would lead multiple laps. However, a low tire caused the team to call Franzoni in for a unexpected pit stop to change the tire and he would go two laps down. Franzoni ended the day in 8th, after putting on his best performance since joining the Indy Lights Championship.

“The race did not go as we expected,” said Franzoni. “We had to pit due to a low tire in the middle of the race. We had a great race going until that point as I was able to led a couple of laps and we continued to fight our way to the top. The car was amazing all week. I was able to qualify P4. Luck was just not on our side this weekend so we will move forward and go on to the next one.”

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “Victor (Franzoni) had an excellent start and was putting on one of his best races this season. He was up front in no time and making some great passes for the lead. Unfortunately one of his tires started to lose pressure so we had to call him in to get it changed, which put him two laps down. I am very proud of how well he was able to run on his first oval in an Indy Lights car. His pace was strong and he was a car to contend with for the win if he had not had to pit for the tire. The crew did an amazing job giving him a fast car for one of the biggest races of the season. I want to thank everyone for all of their hard work as we have had a busy month running all three series. These guys have helped out other teams in making sure everyone had a successful month.”

The 2018 Indy Lights Championship continues with Rounds 8 and 9 at Road America June 21 – 23rd.

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