Ely Navarro – Indy GP Recap

Day of one the Indy GP was exciting! We did our usual meetings and plan for the weekend and our track walk. It was very special being able to walk a track you have been dreaming on for years. I was ready
for the challenge ahead.

Day two came and it was time for testing, practice, and qualifying. In session one I was a little off but it was to be expected considering it was my first time there. By the end of session 3 I was only 3 tenths off which I was pleased about. Qualifying came around and was astruggle. Our team went out and set the 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 8th fastest lap times well ahead of the others. Unfortunately there was some miscommunication and we didn’t pit like the other teams. This didn’t help us and we dropped down the field. I ended up P16 knowing my predicted on a new set could have been top 10.

Day three, it’s time for race one, I have all of the support form the family that came out for me. It’s time to do what I do best. I didn’t have the best of starts but I held my own. After a few laps I gained positions. On lap 3, I missed the braking point and went straight into turn 1. I was devastated but I couldn’t get caught up on it. I pressed my reset button and drove from P25 to P15. One place better than what I started.

In race two I started P17. I again didn’t have a good start falling back to P20. I didn’t have the pace I had in race one, but I still had the race craft. I made my way back to P18. I was disappointed but I learned the most from that race. In race three I again started 17th. I know what I needed to do. I help my position on the start. Going into turn 4, I was passing around the outside when all of a sudden there was a wreck underneath me. I had to slow down as if I kept going I would have been out. I unfortunately fell to the back. I had a lot of work to do but I knew I could do it. It was a long battle. I finished P14. It wasn’t the weekend I had hoped for but I still learned never the
less. I will improve on next time. Next stop Lucas Oil Raceway for the oval! This should be fun.

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