By Darren Lum
Sometimes you have to be good to be lucky and Dalton Kellett took full advantage of a collision between two front runners to earn his first podium of the 2019 Indy Lights series season at the Honda Indy on Sunday July 14 in Toronto.
During lap 25 Aaron Telitz and Rinus VeeKay collided on turn three opening up an opportunity for the eventual winner Oliver Askew second place finisher Toby Sowery and for Kellett to move up and finish the race.
Kellett held off a late charge from Ryan Norman who had dropped to the back of the pack after starting eighth. Norman’s effort to progress to the top of the field earned him the Tilton Hard Charger Award at the race.
The Juncos Racing driver calls Toronto home but has roots in the Highlands.
He is a fifth generation Kellett including the late Glenn Kellett who had a residence on Mountain Lake and founded the 400-employee strong company K-Line Group of Companies with one truck.
Plenty of family friends and supporters came to see him finish third and celebrate on the podium.
As reported by Indy Lights he said “That was crazy. We have over 120 people out here this weekend: family friends K-Line partners. It was so great to compete in front of them and put on a good show. It’s been a tough weekend for me here in past years a ‘Canadian curveball’ of sorts but we’ve gotten over that now. It’s unfortunate for Aaron and Rinus but we were able to take advantage of the position we gained. We almost had a good battle with Ryan at the end but we were just far enough ahead to keep the position to the finish. I’m really proud of the job we’ve done as a team: it’s been a learning process with Juncos Racing and I think we’re hitting our stride now.”
Kellett races in the Indy Lights series which is one step below the top level for open-wheel racing in North America the NTT IndyCar Series.
Last year Kellett finished seventh overall in the Indy Lights series. As of July 16 he was seventh overall this season and trails sixth place racer David Malukas by 12 points with seven races to go.