Herrington, BHA take first win, Hildebrand lands title

Daniel Herrington took the lead in the Chicagoland 100 with 26 laps remaining and held off several challengers to win his first Indy Lights Series race. It was also the first victory for Bryan Herta Autosport. Herrington managed to hold off ...

Daniel Herrington took the lead in the Chicagoland 100 with 26 laps remaining and held off several challengers to win his first Indy Lights Series race. It was also the first victory for Bryan Herta Autosport. Herrington managed to hold off challenges from five drivers while maintaining his lead.

"Finally," said Herrington. "We've had a rough couple of races in the middle of the season. At the beginning of the season, Bryan (Herta) told us we would win a race. We didn't think it would be this late in the season."

The lead pack consisted of at least five cars throughout most the race with Herrington crossing the finish line 0.0613 of second ahead of second pace finisher James Davison. Davison led one lap early in the race.

"I'm definitely happy to finish second to my teammate," said Davison. "With this race, if you can work together with somebody, especially your teammate, you can control your result a little more.

Davison is now second in points, five points ahead of Sebastian Saavedra, who finished sixth.

Andrew Prendeville earned his best finish of the season with third place. "We had a good run and a good car," Prendeville said. "It was pretty chaotic out there. At the beginning of the race we held back and waited for everyone else to screw up."

The race was stopped twice for caution periods. Pippa Mann spun early in the race. The second caution came at the midpoint when Mike Potekhen made contact with Ana Beatriz, forcing her into her teammate James Hinchcliffe. All three drivers retired.

Wade Cunningham led three times for a total of 39 laps, the most of any driver. With 20 laps remaining, Cunningham was shuffled back into a three wide battle for fifth place. He recovered to finish fourth.

J. R. Hildebrand finished fifth, earning enough points to clinch the series championship with one race remaining. "It was a total mess out there," said Hildebrand, who started 13th after suffering fuel pick up problems in qualifying. "You would think starting in the back at this kind of track wouldn't be so bad, but when the entire field is three and four-wide, there's nowhere to go."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bryan Herta , Andrew Prendeville , Pippa Mann , Wade Cunningham , James Davison , Daniel Herrington , Mike Potekhen , Ana Beatriz
Teams Bryan Herta Autosport