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Indy Lights St. Petersburg Friday Recap

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Belardi Auto Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist and Team Pelfrey’s Scott Hargrove are fighting hard to become the top two drivers in this year’s Indy Lights field. For both drivers, today’s practice sessions at St. Petersburg were important, but for different reasons.

For Rosenqvist, it’s validation that this was the right direction for his career. The 2015 European Formula 3 champion and two-time defending winner of the Macau F3 race switched to the U.S. for his racing career, and with one of the best open wheel resumes in Europe, it’s mind-boggling that he wasn’t picked up for a GP2 drive.

Europe’s loss is America’s gain, as the Swede led both practice sessions over Hargrove.  Rosenqvist’s fastest lap in session one was a 1:07.1892, just over 0.1 second faster than Hargrove’s 1:07.3087. Andretti Autosport’s Dean Stoneman was third, 0.0039 second slower than Hargrove with a 1:07.3126 lap.

Hargrove’s gap to Rosenqvist dropped to 0.0663 seconds, as Hargrove was able to turn a lap of 1:07.1133 while Rosenqvist’s chart-topper was a 1:07.0470. Carlin’s Felix Serralles was third with a lap of 1:07.5002, 0.45 seconds slower than Rosenqvist.

Hargrove’s pace was tremendous given the circumstances he’s in for this season. As of this weekend, Hargrove is only slated to drive in the two St. Petersburg races. However, with two successful results this weekend, that situation might change for the 2013 USF2000 champion and 2014 Pro Mazda runner-up.

For a team comparison, Hargrove’s teammate Juan Piedrahita was 11th in the first session and 14th in the second session.

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Christopher DeHarde is a native of Luling, Louisiana and has contributed to Motorsport.com, Motorsports Tribune, The New Orleans Advocate and Race22.com. He’s a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Mass Communication and has been writing about motorsports since 2014. Primarily covering the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy, DeHarde has also covered the FIA World Endurance Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and NASCAR.

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