IPS: Chesson performs trifecta at Pikes Peak

P. J. Chesson won his third consecutive Menards Infiniti Pro Series race after he chased down Paul Dana and passed him with seven laps remaining in the 100-lap Pikes Peak 100. Chesson enjoyed a 1.2093 second margin of victory over Dana on the ...

P. J. Chesson won his third consecutive Menards Infiniti Pro Series race after he chased down Paul Dana and passed him with seven laps remaining in the 100-lap Pikes Peak 100. Chesson enjoyed a 1.2093 second margin of victory over Dana on the one-mile Pikes Peak International Raceway.

"Kathryn Nunn has given me an unbelievable opportunity in this race car," said Chesson, who has earned three victories in six starts. "I've got the best crew and the best of everything. I'm just doing the job to the best of my ability, and it's paying off."

Chesson started fifth and wasn't a factor until late in the race. "At the start of the race, my car wasn't very good. We knew the car would come to us the longer the race went on. I didn't get excited or overanxious. It just started coming to us."

Paul Dana led the most laps, 77 of 100, after inheriting the lead from pole sitter Jeff Simmons. Simmons took the point at the start, leading until lap 16 when he spun in a single car incident exiting turn four.

Dana managed to pull away from eventual third place finisher Thiago Medeiros, enjoying a six second lead. When Chesson passed Medeiros, it took the Far Hills, NJ driver 23 laps to erase Dana's six second lead. "We got an understeer and it just got worse and worse all day," Dana said. Especially down in turns three and four, I was just grinding the front tires off the car. It was all I could do to keep the front end under me. We were junk at the end. Chesson came on like gangbusters at the end and we were just surviving at that point."

Thiago Medeiros retained a huge lead in the championship standings with a third place finish. "It was tough day for us today," said Medeiros, who leads the point standings 385-318 over Dana with three races remaining on the schedule. "We weren't very good in the warm up. There was too much oversteer at the beginning of the race. We made some changes on the car from the morning practice session, but we didn't get it totally fixed. We needed to be smart today and race for the championship."

Jesse Mason and Arie Luyendyk Jr. rounded out the top-five.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Jeff Simmons , Paul Dana , Jesse Mason , Thiago Medeiros , Arie Luyendyk Jr.