It’s been two long months since Kyle Kaiser last visited victory lane in an Indy Lights Series race. The points leader though, had four straight top 10’s in the four races since despite not winning. But, the Juncos Racing driver has had a flawless weekend so far in his No. 18 Mazda and has extended his points lead after the first of two races on the streets of Toronto.
Kaiser, was fastest in practice on Friday and backed that up with earning the pole for Race No. 1 on Saturday morning. He used that speed to cruise to an easy win, leading all 35 laps around the 1.786-mile street circuit on Saturday afternoon.
It was Kaiser’s fourth career victory, two of which occurring this season.
Zachary Claman de Melo came up just short from extending Carlin Racing’s four race win streak to five on Saturday. He brought his blue No. 13 Mazda home second, 3.6118-seconds behind Kaiser for his third podium of his career, all coming this year.
Santi Urruita rounded out the podium in his No. 5 Mazda for his third podium in the last four races and fourth in the last six overall.
Rookies Colton Herta and Aaron Telitz rounded out the top five with finishes of fourth and fifth respectively.
Matheus Leist’s charge ended quickly when he was involved in a Lap 3 crash with Nico Jamin.
The series will qualifying again on Sunday morning before Race No. 2 on Sunday afternoon.
Race No. 1 Results:
- 18 Kaiser
- 13 Claman de Melo
- 5 Urrutia
- 98 Herta R
- 9 Telitz R
- 2 Piedrahita
- 31 Dapero R
- 22 Alberico
- 11 Rickards R -1
- 48 Norman R -1
- 51 Blackstock -7
- 28 Kellett OUT
- 26 Leist R OUT
- 27 Jamin R OUT