INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway may not have been built with NASCAR in mind, but boy do the Indy Lights cars never disappoint. It doesn’t matter whether it’s on the oval or the 2.439-mile road course, these races are some of the most thrilling of the year.
On Saturday, the second race of the weekend lived up to it’s bill.
Colton Herta and Santi Urrutia made contact while battling for the lead with three laps-to-go which sent Urrutia spinning in Turn 2. Herta, skated by and swept the weekend at IMS.
The duo were battling for several laps, as like Friday, Herta battled his way through the field up to the front. With 10 to go, he got to within one second of Urrutia. By six to go, he had caught him. They’d battle lap after lap before the end of the race contact.
It was Herta’s fourth career victory as he now has seven podium finishes in his last eight starts, dating back to last year.
Aaron Telitz would bring his No. 9 Mazda home runner-up for his second straight podium. It was his sixth career podium as he’s literally turned his season around.
Rookie Victor Franzoni finished third for his second podium in the last three races in his No. 23 Mazda.
Urrutia would slide to a fourth place finish for just his second finish outside of the podium in the last 10 races. It was his 29th career top five finish though and sixth straight top five to start the season off with.
Ryan Norman rounded out the top five in his No. 48 Mazda.
Pato O’Ward led the opening lap but was quickly passed by Urrutia on Lap 1. He would hang in second until he lost the spot to Herta with just over to 10 go. It appeared he’s be finishing on the podium before he got off course with seven to go and lose two spots as a result. He’d then have to pit where he lost a lap and would finish seventh.
At the time, he lost the points lead, but the contact between Herta and Urrutia brought the lead back to him as we have that trio of drivers with just six points separating them heading into the Freedom 100.
Race No. 2 Results
- 98 Herta
- 9 Telitz
- 23 Franzoni R
- 5 Urrutia
- 48 Norman
- 28 Kellett
- 27 O’Ward R -1