Tan wins Pro Mazda race

Wieron Tan
Wieron Tan

This weekend saw Malaysian driver Weiron Tan race from pole position to his third win of the season, in the ninth round of the Pro Mazda Championship at the Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis. Tan’s win is the third win for the Andretti Autosport team at the circuit in three consecutive years.

Making his oval circuit debut, Tan showed he was one to watch in the 25-minute qualifying session. Consistently putting in fast lap times, the #22 Andretti Autosport driver took pole position for the first and only race of the weekend, with a top time of 20.27s.

Powering off the start-line Tan controlled the race immediately. The short 0.686-mile oval circuit saw quick lap times but the 20-year-old maintained control of the race, whilst incidents bunched the pack up behind.

Tan soon caught the back of the field and with overtaking room hard to find, the Andretti Autosport driver had to plan his moves carefully. However with an up to five-second lead over second place, Tan had pulled out a long enough gap to be able to get past successfully and maintain his first place position.

As the Malaysian continued to increase his lead, contact mid-pack called for a yellow flag and saw the field close up. Ten laps later the green flag was waved, Tan masterfully handled the restart and went hard on the throttle to pull away from the chasing pack behind.

Wieron Tan (C)
Wieron Tan (C)

With just a few laps left to go in the 90-lap race, the Malaysian once again found himself catching the back of the field. Tan got caught up in race traffic but skillfully fought his way through, despite coming under pressure from a chasing Will Owen in second. Tan escaped the traffic unscathed to take the win and the top points towards his championship campaign.

The next round of the Pro Mazda Championship will take place on the Streets of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Weiron Tan commented; “"First of all, I want to say thank you to the Andretti Autosport team – they did a great job all weekend. Thank you to Mazda engines, Cooper Tires and thanks to the fans that came out today. I think it was a great race, and I think everyone enjoyed it. It was my first oval race as well, so it was a great result to come away with pole position, to lead every lap right up until the checkered flag and to take that win!"

Below, are the results for today's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper tires race at Lucas Oil Raceway Park.

P # Name Laps Diff Gap Led ST Speed Team
1 22 Weiron Tan 90 0.0000 0.0000 90 1 103.243 Andretti Autosport
2 23 Will Owen 90 0.4261 0.4261 0 4 103.805 Juncos Racing
3 3 Neil Alberico 90 19.8398 19.4137 0 5 99.827 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
4 5 Garett Grist 90 21.3054 1.4656 0 7 103.209 Juncos Racing
5 7 Jose Gutierrez 90 21.5361 0.2307 0 11 102.988 Juncos Racing
6 21 Victor Franzoni 89 1 LAPS 6.1684 0 9 100.893 M1 Racing
7 82 Pato O'Ward 89 1 LAPS 3.8601 0 12 100.336 Team Pelfrey
8 10 Florian Latorre 89 1 LAPS 8.6786 0 3 97.221 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
9 2 Daniel Burkett 89 1 LAPS 0.9364 0 6 100.353 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
10 14 Alessandro Latif 88 2 LAPS 1 LAPS 0 14 100.271 World Speed Motorsports
11 13 Bobby Eberle(E) 82 8 LAPS 5 LAPS 0 15 92.950 World Speed Motorsports
12 6 Timothe Buret 31 17.9429 1.0515 0 13 31.732 Juncos Racing
13 28 Dalton Kellett 27 16.0366 0.2824 0 2 101.223 Andretti Autosport
14 80 Raoul Owens 27 8 LAPS 0.8425 0 8 101.872 Team Pelfrey
15 81 Santiago Urrutia 27 7 LAPS 329.4181 0 10 6.483 Team Pelfrey

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