Fontana Indy Lights: Carlos Munoz wins, Tristan Vautier secures championship
Carlos Munoz took the race win in the Indy Lights finale at Fontana, but fourth place was enough for Tristan Vautier to secure the championship in his rookie year
Munoz inherited the lead when Andretti team-mate and polesitter Sebastian Saavedra's car suffered a mechanical problem at the start, and was never headed. David Ostella crossed the line 0.6 seconds behind him to claim second.
Vautier and title rival and Sam Schmidt team-mate Esteban Guerrieri spent much of the race hanging just off the back of the leaders, although the key move came when Guerrieri passed Vautier for third with 10 laps remaining.
But that still left Vautier with an eight-point buffer, meaning that Guerrieri had to close down the 1.5s gap to Ostella and then find a way past the Team Moore Racing driver.
Instead, Ostella was able to extend his lead over the final laps, eventually crossing the line 2.7s clear of Guerrieri and ending the Argentine's title hopes.
Victor Carbone was fifth, but the main action in the final phase of the race was the three-car battle for sixth, which was eventually settled in favour of Stefan Wilson ahead of Bruno Palli and Oliver Webb.
Results - 50 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Carlos Munoz Andretti 37m38.3281s 2. David Ostella Moore + 0.6344s 3. Esteban Guerrieri Schmidt + 3.3394s 4. Tristan Vautier Schmidt + 6.8818s 5. Victor Carbone Schmidt + 8.2987s 6. Stefan Wilson Fan Force + 12.2089s 7. Bruno Palli Juncos + 12.4233s 8. Oliver Webb Schmidt + 12.8229s 9. Mike Larrison Belardi + 34.6025s 10. Juan Pablo García Jeffrey Mark + 35.0477s 11. Gustavo Yacaman Moore + 1 lap Retirements: Peter Dempsey Belardi 15 laps Jorge Goncalvez Belardi 6 laps Sebastian Saavedra AFS/Andretti 0 laps
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