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 February 22, 2014| 
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Garett Grist, No. 27 DaVinci Foods/Lander Property Management

  •     First Pro Mazda race of his career
  •     Qualified P2 at 1:33.202
  •     Fell to fifth place and finished in fourth
  •     Second quickest lap of the race at 1:32.804

"So today was my first ever race in Pro Mazda. We didn't have the best start; we fell back to fifth, made a nice pass for fourth and kept setting fast lap after fast lap. We just got nicked (for fastest lap) at the end by Spencer (Pigot), but it was a really good race. The car handled great, and it was fun to be in a battle; that's what I look forward to the most. So, I think we start second tomorrow and I look forward to the race. Today was my first (Pro Mazda) race and I have a lot to improve on, and I learned a lot, so I'll be able to apply that to tomorrow's race and make it better."

Shelby Blackstock, No. 28 Starstruck

  •     Qualified P5 at 1:33.538
  •     Jumped to P2 at the start
  •     Finished P2

"Unfortunately, on the first lap, I made a really bad mistake and threw the car off in the back section (of the track); I cut a corner too shallow, hit a curb and it just tossed me off. Luckily I was able to get back on the track, but by then the gap (that Spencer Pigot had on the rest of the field) was set, and it was just follow the leader from that point. For tomorrow, we need to work on the car a little bit to match Spencer's times, so hopefully we can go back and do everything a little bit better next time. I have to thank Andretti Autosport.... We had engine trouble in qualifying, and I'm very happy they got the engine back together in time."

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