Sonoma Indy Lights: Gabby Chaves takes title as Jack Harvey wins
Jack Harvey dominated Sunday's Indy Lights season finale at Sonoma, although the Brit's win was not enough to prevent title rival Gabby Chaves from securing the championship on a countback
Harvey's title hopes depended upon him winning the race with Chaves finishing no higher than third and he did all he could to uphold his end of the bargain.
After the first two starts were waved off, Harvey shot away on the third attempted start and was never threatened, eventually crossing the line with a victory margin of 18.7018 seconds.
Unfortunately for him, Chaves was equally untroubled in second, and with his closest pursuer more than 13s behind him, the Belardi driver was under no pressure to try to hunt Harvey down.
He and Harvey finished the season equal on points, with Chaves earning the crown on a countback to second places.
"This is a dream come true," Chaves said. "We've worked so hard for this."
Juan Piedrahita capitalised on an early mistake by Luiz Razia to move up to third and spent most of the race heading a queue of cars led by former title aspirant Zach Veach.
It was 26 laps before Veach and Razia were able to find a way around Piedrahita, who yielded another couple of places when he was spun by Juan Pablo Garcia on the following lap.
All of that finally gave Veach the clear space he needed to try to catch Chaves, but 10 laps was never going to be enough to close an 18s gap and the Andretti driver was forced to settle for a distant third.
The race marks the retirement for the current-spec Indy Lights car, which will be replaced by the new Dallara IL-15 next season.
Results - 38 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Jack Harvey Schmidt 58m14.2930s 2. Gabby Chaves Belardi +18.7018s 3. Zach Veach Andretti +32.4914s 4. Luiz Razia Schmidt +33.2358s 5. Matthew Brabham Andretti +36.5547s 6. Ryan Phinny BHA/JMM +50.7464s 7. Juan Piedrahita Schmidt +56.3180s 8. Zack Meyer Moore +1m07.8300s 9. Juan Pablo Garcia Schmidt -1 lap Retirements Scott Anderson Fan Force 29 laps
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