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Alex Baron trumped the Indy Lights race-lap record during the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test this week, posting a   1:15.726, at Barber Motorsports Park.

Alex Baron trumped the Indy Lights race-lap record during the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test this week, posting a 1:15.726, at Barber Motorsports Park.

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — All three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy development program gathered at Barber Motorsports Park to hone their skills, already preparing for the 2014 season.

While teams and drivers had varying goals for the two-day test — some to go fast, some to adapt to a new driver/team, some to improve technical feedback, etc. — all attendees were able to attack the tarmac of the 2.3-mile Alabama circuit. Despite the diverse objectives, it’s still fun to look at the lap times and try to get a feel for who the “fast guys/gals” will be in 2014.

Aaron Telitz topped the USF2000 time sheets with a 1:23.283. In Pro Mazda, Mexican driver Alfonso Celis posted a 1:20.490 in cold conditions. Celis’ lap was 0.676-seconds quicker than the Pro Mazda race-lap record set by IndyCar driver Tristan Vautier. In Indy Lights, Frenchman Alexandre Baron (pictured above) toured the park in 1:15.726. Earlier this season, Baron won his debut USF2000 race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Read the official reports, excellently written by Tamy Valkosky, on USF2000, Pro Mazda, and Indy Lights below.

For those looking for additional detail, I was able to attain all the time sheets from the two-day Road to Indy test. Make the jump to see all the recorded times from the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at Barber Motorsports Park.

USF2000 laptimes

Pro Mazda laptimes

Indy Lights laptimes

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