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

Fontana Indy Lights: Carlos Munoz wins, Tristan Vautier secures championship

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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