Former IZOD IndyCar Series driver Katherine Legge will race the DeltaWing prototype in the American Le Mans Series event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 11. Legge tested this past weekend in the DeltaWing at Road Atlanta, and will co-drive the striking machine with fellow Brit Andy Meyrick for the car’s debut on the Monterey, California road course.
In addition to boasting an open-topped look, the DeltaWing runs at half the weight, fuel and horsepower of a normal ALMS prototype, as well as at three-quarters of the tire consumption.
The Ben Bowlby-penned car made its world debut at last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and its debut in the ALMS’ LMP1 category last month at the 12 Hours of Sebring, where it was forced to bow out in the second hour due to engine failure.
“It was really exciting to get in the car on Sunday for the first time,” said Legge in a statement about her test at Road Atlanta. “Having driven lots of types of racing cars, I didn’t know what to expect, so I was very pleasantly surprised.
“It braked really well, it turned really positively, and it was really fast in a straight line – it drove like a really good racing car. It was very stable and I also was impressed with the way it handled. It was really neat to get it going.”
MRTI: Saturday Barber Notebook
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Both the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires completed their first races of the weekend on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park.
Indy Lights saw a pair of teammates battle for the win, while a series veteran suffered first lap trouble for the second race in a row.
In Pro Mazda, things were much more straightforward, as a title contender ran away to a dominant win from the pole.
Reports on both series are below.
Indy Lights: O’Ward Withstands Herta Challenge for Race 1 Victory
Lap 1 told the tale for Indy Lights Race 1, as Colton Herta led from the pole, but Pato O’Ward was able to sneak by on the inside entering Turn 5.
O’Ward subsequently had to withstand a race-long challenge from Herta, who kept the gap at less than one second between the two Andretti Autosport affiliated drivers – Herta races under the Andretti Steinbrenner Racing banner – for most of the 30-lap race. But, O’Ward kept Herta at bay to take the win by one-and-a-half seconds at the checkered flag.
This is also O’Ward’s second win in three races in the 2018 season.
Belardi Auto Racing’s Santi Urrutia finished third, followed by Juncos Racing’s Victor Franzoni, and Ryan Norman finished fifth to put three Andretti Autosport affiliated drivers in the Top 5.
Meanwhile, Belardi’s Aaron Telitz endured a second consecutive race in which he failed to complete a lap, after he was collected in a Lap 1, Turn 2 spin with Dalton Kellett. Kellett, who spun on his own, was able to continue despite the contact, but Telitz suffered damage to the right-front suspension, forcing him to retire without completing a lap for the second race in a row.
Results are below. Race 2 rolls off at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Pro Mazda: Thompson Roles to Dominant Race 1 Victory
Race 1 for Pro Mazda was hardly ever in doubt. Polesitter Parker Thompson, who soared to pole with a track record in qualifying, led right from the drop of the green flag to lead all 25 laps on his way to winning Race 1.
Thompson had to withstand a brief challenge from RP Motorsport’s Harrison Scott on a Lap 4 restart – a caution was flown for debris on the front straightaway on Lap 2 – but Thompson immediately began gapping the field again, and the Exclusive Autosport driver won by over five seconds.
Scott came home in second, while BN Racing’s David Malukas, Team Pelfrey’s Andres Gutierrez, and Juncos Racing’s Rinus VeeKay battled for third, with Malukas holding off Gutierrez and VeeKay to take the final spot on the podium.
Results are below. Pro Mazda Race 2 rolls off at 10:50 a.m. ET on Sunday.