Milwaukee Indy Lights: Felix Serralles scores maiden win

Felix Serralles earned his first Indy Lights victory after making a late pass on RC Enerson at Milwaukee on Sunday

Milwaukee Indy Lights: Felix Serralles scores maiden win

The Puerto Rican had started the race from sixth on the grid, but capitalised on early problems for some of the drivers around him to climb to second during the second half of the race.

With around 25 laps to go he had moved to within striking range of then-leader Enerson, and he made his move when the pair caught the lapped car of Shelby Blackstock on lap 90.

Blackstock held a high line for a couple of laps with Enerson just behind him and Serralles running low right alongside, but when the Andretti driver dropped low to allow the leaders past, it was Serralles who popped out ahead.

From there, he made the most of the clear track ahead to pull away and win by over 5.5 seconds.

"We've had a lot of issues this year that were out of our control, so to finally win a race - on an oval - is really special," Serralles said.

"The car was sliding all over the place, but I wanted that win so bad.

"I'm just really happy. It's been three winless years, so I had a few tears as soon as I saw the chequered flag."

Enerson held on for second, with Juan Piedrahita completing the podium.

The other contenders were ruled out by small isolated dramas rather than any major incidents.

Kyle Kaiser was running in third for the first half of the race until he caught a seam and spun, and it was only some quick hands that kept him from hitting the wall.

Elsewhere, Jack Harvey relinquished the points lead to polesitter Spencer Pigot when he slowed while running fourth and fell back to sixth, only to reclaim it again when Pigot had a similar problem later and plunged from second to seventh.

Meanwhile, Max Chilton's oval debut ended with the Carlin driver in sixth after starting from the rear of the field.

RESULTS - 100 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Felix Serralles Belardi Auto Racing 45m17.6370s
2 R.C. Enerson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 5.5661s
3 Juan Piedrahita Belardi Auto Racing 15.0690s
4 Jack Harvey Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 15.3578s
5 Scott Anderson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 15.8784s
6 Max Chilton Carlin 16.2155s
7 Spencer Pigot Juncos Racing 21.0774s
8 Ed Jones Carlin 22.9752s
9 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 23.4901s
10 Ethan Ringel Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 23.8371s
11 Shelby Blackstock Andretti Autosport 1 Lap

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jack Harvey 261
2 Spencer Pigot 247
3 Ed Jones 232
4 R.C. Enerson 192
5 Felix Serralles 165
6 Juan Piedrahita 157
7 Scott Anderson 156
8 Kyle Kaiser 153
9 Ethan Ringel 144
10 Max Chilton 141
11 Shelby Blackstock 139
12 Sean Rayhall 96
13 Matthew Brabham 35
14 Scott Hargrove 34
15 Nelson Piquet Jr. 28

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