O’Ward Closes Points Gap By Leading Flag To Flag In Iowa Victory

Pato O’Ward needed to go on a dominating race string, similar to one that his Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta did during the Month of May. Herta, caught and passed O’Ward in the Indy Lights championship standings and heading towards this weekend’s race at the Iowa Speedway he held a double digit advantage for the 2018 title.

But, O’Ward started up front and did what he had to do in leading flag-to-flag in Sunday’s race on the 7/8-mile bullring. He led all 100 laps en route to his fourth career victory and third top two finish in the last four races. He’s now led 138 laps this year, 75 more than second place on that list Santi Urrutia. 

Speaking of Urritia, he had an intense battle for most of the race with Herta for second place in which Herta finally set the Belardi Racing driver up enough to get by for his eighth straight podium finish, six of which landing in the top two.

Herta, crossed the finish/line 2.8258-seconds behind O’Ward but leads his Mexican teammate by eight points in the standings heading to Toronto.

Urruita, brought his No. 5 Mazda home third for his 21st career podium finish. But, it was his first podium result since the first race on the Indy road course back in May as he now trails O’Ward by 49 markers in the standings.

Two more Andretti Autosport drivers rounded out the top five with Ryan Norman earning his fifth top five finish in the last six races in his No. 48 Mazda and Dalton Kellett giving Andretti four of the top five finishing positions with a fifth place run in his No. 28 Mazda.

Indy Lights Results

  1. 27 O’Ward R
  2. 98 Herta
  3.  5 Urrutia
  4. 48 Norman
  5. 28 Kellett
  6. 23 Franzoni R
  7.  9 Telitz

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