History was made today, as the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series made their 400th race start.
The 15-car field was scheduled to start the morning with a qualifying session, but that was cancelled due to inclement weather. The track was considered waterlogged, after a night and morning of heavy rain. Instead, the field was set using points standings, with Colton Herta “claiming” the pole. Kyle Kaiser, Aaron Telitz and Nico Jamin all started on the front two rows.
Luckily, the track had completely dried by the time the green flew. Though unfortunately, following in this weekends pattern, there was more lap 1 carnage as Pato O’Ward and Zachary Claman De Melo made contact in Turn two. Both drivers were forced to retire.
When the green finally flew a handful of laps later, Herta darted off to an easy lead, with Kaiser and Jamin chasing. Telitz, who started third, relinquished the position to Nico on the restart.
Further back in the field, Santi Urrutia’s bad luck continued, when he ran into the back of Shelby Blackstock in Turn three. Urrutia was forced to pit for a new front wing, and was only able to salvage a 13th place finish.
No such luck existed for Herta, however. The young American dominated the entire 35-lap race, coming to the checkered flag with a 9.1 second lead over Kyle Kaiser. Jamin finished a few seconds back in third, with Neil Alberico and Aaron Telitz rounding out the top five.
Herta will carry his championship lead into the Month of May, when the entire Mazda Road to Indy returns for the Indy GP.