Sparta, Kentucky, October 1, 2011 – Firestone Indy Lights rookie David Ostella’s race came to an abrupt end when he was collected in a first lap crash during the Kentucky 100. Ostella stormed from his tenth place starting position to eighth by the first turn, only to be caught up in the five car pileup caused by the spinning car of first-time Indy Lights starter Jacob Wilson. Ostella was credited with a 12th place finish.
Ostella had struggled through practice and qualifying to find pace, but changes overnight gave the Maple, Ontario native confidence that his #16 Global Precast machine would be more than competitive in Sunday’s 67 lap race. Unfortunately, Ostella was unable to show the promise that the car had, becoming a victim of circumstance in just the second turn.
“We made some great changes for the race,” said Ostella. “I knew I’d have a great racecar. I had a wicked start going into turn one and I was behind Gustavo (Yacaman) and I saw number 19 (Wilson) spin. I knew he was going to go high so I tried to get down but I had a car below me. When Gus slowed up I got into the back of him. It was unfortunate because I had nowhere to go. It’s tough but we’re looking forward to Vegas now. We should have a great car there and I really want to end the year on a good note.”
Ostella will next take to the track in two weeks’ time when the Firestone Indy Lights series competes at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the season finale. October 16, 2011 marks the first time that the series has competed on the high speed 1.5 mile oval.