Indy Lights: Spencer Pigot, Ed Jones top 1st day of Homestead road course test

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Juncos Racing’s Spencer Pigot and Carlin Racing’s Ed Jones topped the morning and afternoon session respectively in the first day of a two-day Indy Lights test session on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course.

Pigot, last year’s Pro Mazda champion, was fastest on Monday morning with a time of 1 minute, 15.8927 seconds around the 2.21-mile circuit. 8Star Motorsports’ Scott Hargrove was not far behind the American with his best lap of 1 minute, 16.0330 seconds, good for second place.

Last year’s Lights runner-up, Jack Harvey (1:16.5664), followed in third, then came the fastest driver in the recent Palm Beach test, Kyle Kaiser (1:16.6054), and Jones (1:16.7435) to complete the Top 5 for the morning. Jones’ teammate, former Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton, was sixth-quickest (1:17.0516) in his initial Lights test.

The afternoon saw Jones and Chilton bookend the Top 5 times. Speeds picked up with Jones, a product of the FIA European Formula 3 series, leading the way in the session at 1 minute, 14.5186 seconds. Kaiser moved up to second at just seven one-hundredths of a second off Jones’ pace (1: 14.5903).

Andretti Autosport’s Shelby Blackstock was third at 1:14.9430. Hargrove was fourth with a 1:15.0093, and then came Chilton at 1:15.2544.

Testing will resume again tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The teams will then take Wednesday off to prepare for a Thursday session on Homestead-Miami’s 1.5-mile oval.