De Alba Leads JHDD with Top 10 at Lucas Oil Raceway

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The Jay Howard Driver Development team completed Round 8 of the Road to Indy calendar this weekend at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. Salvador De Alba scored a top-10 finish in Indy Pro 2000, marking JHDD’s best finish of the event at their home-state oval.

Already a race winner this season, De Alba continued his trend of moving forward from his qualifying position, starting twelfth and making his way up to eighth place. Indy Pro 2000 teammates Braden Eves and Wyatt Brichacek finished eleventh and thirteenth respectively.

In the USF2000 race, the rookie pairing of Danny Dyszelski and Jorge Garciarce gained valuable experience in their first oval race on the Road to Indy. They each learned key lessons and improved their pace throughout the event, despite a challenging race. The teammates finished nose-to-tail, with Dyszelski leading them home in fourteenth position.

“A bit of a crazy Lucas Oil weekend,” said team owner Jay Howard. “The weather certainly didn’t help us, as it compressed the schedule. On the USF2000 front, as the trend has been all year, every track we travel to is new for our rookie drivers. As every lap is completed, we see good progression. By the last third of the race, both of the boys’ race pace was matching the leaders’. There isn’t much more we can ask for. We’ll build on that and keep doing what we’re doing. Indy Pro was overall not good enough from multiple angles. It is what it is. We’ll lick our wounds and keep our eyes forward on Road America.”

The Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 championships return to action at Road America, June 9-12. Catch live streams on RoadToIndy.TV, the Road to Indy TV App and the series’ respective websites, and Find @followJHDD on social for news, updates and highlights.