Gustavo Yacaman battles to Detroit Indy Lights victory
A good passing move by Gustavo Yacaman earned the Colombian the Indy Lights win in this weekend's race in Detroit
The Colombian, who started from sixth on the grid for Team Moore Racing, worked his way steadily into contention during the early stages of the race, and then spent several laps stalking polesitter Oliver Webb before seizing the lead with an over-and-under move two thirds of the way through the race.
Webb relinquished another position not long afterwards when Andretti Autosport rookie Carlos Munoz passed him around the outside to claim second place, leaving the Briton to settle for third in Sam Schmidt Motorsports' lead car.
The race switched from a lap race to a timed race following a lengthy spell under yellows triggered by Younessi Racing's Peter Dempsey, who crashed heavily while chasing Victor Carbone for second on lap 13. The Irishman pin-balled from the outside barrier to the inside before skidding through a wall of tyres and finally coming to rest. He extracted himself from the wreckage unassisted.
Carbone ended the race in fourth ahead of Schmidt team-mates Tristan Vautier and Esteban Guerrieri, the latter having dropped several places early on and then gambled on a pitstop for new tyres during the caution.
Results - 40 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Gustavo Yacaman Moore 59m14.1446s 2. Carlos Munoz Andretti + 0.1638s 3. Oliver Webb Schmidt + 3.1286s 4. Victor Carbone Schmidt + 7.2814s 5. Tristan Vautier Schmidt + 7.7640s 6. Sebastian Saavedra AFS/Andretti + 8.9386s 7. Esteban Guerrieri Schmidt + 8.9454s 8. Alon Day Belardi Auto + 14.8504s 9. Juan Pablo Garcia Jeffrey Mark + 18.9650s 10. Armaan Ebrahim Fan Force + 1m06.1777s Retirements: Peter Dempsey Younessi 13 laps Rodin Younessi Younessi 12 laps David Ostella Moore 3 laps Jorge Goncalvez Belardi 0 laps
Oli Webb gives Sam Schmidt Motorsports team its 50th Indy Lights pole in Detroit
Vautier holds off Carbone and Saavedra to claim Indy Lights Milwaukee pole