Matheus Leist Dominates Friday’s Freedom 100

INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t the close finish that we’ve been accustomed to seeing in the annual Freedom 100 Indy Lights Series race, but it was still a thrilling one.

Pole sitter Matheus Leist won his first career Indy Lights race on Friday, dominating the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Leist, 19, led flag to flag, 40 total laps led overall, en route to his second straight podium finish. 

It almost didn’t come easy either though. Fellow rookie Aaron Telitz pulled even with Leist in Turn 1 with six laps-to-go, but Leist powered by and held on during the backstretch and never looked back.

Telitz, came home second, 07760-seconds back in his No. 9 Mazda while Dalton Kellett, Neil Alberico and Santiago Urruita rounded out the top five.

The race had one caution flag, and that came on the opening lap when rookie Colton Herta touched Kellett exiting Turn 2 causing his No. 98 Mazda to spin on the exit. His teammate Ryan Norman made heavy contact with him ending both of their days.

The series has another month off before racing at the end of June in a doubleheader at Road America.

Freedom 100 Results:

  1. 26 Leist R
  2.  9 Telitz R
  3. 28 Kellett
  4. 22 Alberico
  5.  5 Urrutia
  6. 13 Claman de Melo
  7. 11 Rickards R
  8.  2 Piedrahita
  9. 18 Kaiser
  10. 27 Jamin R
  11. 51 Blackstock
  12. 31 Dapero R
  13. 98 Herta R OUT
  14. 48 Norman OUT

Indy Lights Series Points:

  1. Kyle Kaiser 151
  2. Nico Jamin R -14
  3. Colton Herta R -22
  4. Aaron Telitz R -29
  5. Neil Alberico -29
  6. Matheus Leist -30
  7. Santiago Urruita -46
  8. Zachary Claman de Melo -49
  9. Shelby Blackstock -61
  10. Dalton Kellett -65

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