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Long Beach Indy Lights: Gabby Chaves beats Zach Veach to race win

Long Beach Indy Lights 2014

Gabby Chaves took a straightforward win over Zach Veach in the Indy Lights race around the streets of Long Beach.

In a race run entirely under green, all of the excitement over the lead battle began and ended between the start line and the first corner.

Matthew Brabham vaulted up from third on the grid to try to run three-wide with polesitter Veach and Chaves before thinking better of it and tucking back in behind the leaders, but he distracted Veach just enough to allow Chaves to pounce around the outside and take the lead.

From there, the Belardi driver always looked in control. His lead ballooned to as much as 2.0 seconds before a brief mid-race rally from Veach, although even then the margin never shrank below 0.5s.

Brabham also mounted a brief surge at around the same time before clattering the wall with his left rear tyre once too often and losing touch with the leaders a few laps before the finish.

Alex Baron held a distant fourth until encountering a problem on the second-last lap that allowed both Jack Harvey and Luiz Razia to slip past.

Results - 45 laps:

Pos  Driver             Team          Time/Gap     
 1.  Gabby Chaves       Belardi    57m12.3822s	         
 2.  Zach Veach         Andretti      +0.6344s   
 3.  Matthew Brabham    Andretti      +3.8687s   
 4.  Jack Harvey        Schmidt       +27.556s   
 5.  Luiz Razia         Schmidt      +28.0631s  
 6.  Alex Baron         Belardi      +38.6317s  
 7.  Juan Piedrahita    Schmidt      +52.3862s  
 8.  Juan Pablo Garcia  Schmidt      +54.2087s  
 9.  Scott Anderson     Fan Force  +1m06.8322s
10.  Zack Meyer         Moore      +1m07.1742s


     Lloyd Read         Herta          34 laps
     Vittorio Ghirelli  Moore          29 laps  
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