Lexington, OH – This was a wild and wacky race weekend for the Indy Lights championship contenders at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Points leader Kyle Kaiser finished 12th on Saturday and was involved in an incident early on in Sunday’s race with Juan Piedrahita and would come home 12th in his No. 18 Mazda. Prior to this weekend, he had nine top 10’s over his last 10 races.
Matheus Leist struggled too. He came home 11th in race No. 1 and 10th in race No. 2. That in turn left the door open for Colton Herta, Santi Urrutia and Nico Jamin.
Herta, finished second on Saturday, and then started on the pole for Sunday’s conclusion of the weekend. He jumped out to an early lead and had an intense battle with his Andretti teammate Jamin early on in the race. Unfortunately, on Lap 3, he got off course while leading and fell to 10th as a result of his spin.
Herta would rebound, but could only get to sixth. A massive opportunity lost.
But, Urrutia and Jamin were there to capitalize and close the gap even more. Jamin, finished third in his No. 27 Mazda on Saturday, then backed that up with reaching victory lane in dominating fashion on Sunday afternoon.
It was Jamin’s third win of the season, as he led 37 of the 38 laps today. He crossed the finish line 0.5026-seconds ahead of runner-up Urrutia, who has now finished first or second in four career Indy Lights starts at the 2.258-mile road course.
Urruita, now has five runner-up finishes in his No. 5 Mazda this season and 14 podiums to his young career. The eighth top five finish of 2017 moves him into second in the points standings.
Urrutia’s teammate of Shelby Blackstock brought his No. 51 Mazda home third, tying his best career Indy Lights finish which also happened to be here at Mid-Ohio in 2015.
Zachary Claman De Melo and rookie Aaron Telitz would round out the top five.
The series now has some time off before competing next at Gateway on Aug. 26.
- 27 Jamin R
- 5 Urrutia
- 51 Blackstock
- 13 Claman De Melo
- 9 Telitz R
- 98 Herta R
- 48 Norman R
- 31 Dapero R
- 22 Alberico
- 26 Leist R
- 2 Piedrahita
- 18 Kaiser -1
- 28 Kellett -1
- 11 Rickards R OUT