Wade Cunningham led flag to flag at Watkins Glen to earn his first Indy Pro Series victory this season. The 2005 Indy Pro Series champion qualified on the pole after touring the 3.37-mile road circuit at an average speed of 125.406 mph, a new...
Wade Cunningham led flag to flag at Watkins Glen to earn his first Indy Pro Series victory this season. The 2005 Indy Pro Series champion qualified on the pole after touring the 3.37-mile road circuit at an average speed of 125.406 mph, a new series record.
"It was a pretty easy race," said Cunningham. "I just had to be sure I did the fundamentals right and not make any mistakes."
Hideki Mutoh started fourth and finished second, notching his seventh top 5 finish this season.
After slotting into third place at the start, Mutoh pressed Lloyd through the uphill chicane before executing a pass for second down the back stretch. He kept within striking distance of Cunningham throughout the race but was unable to make a bid for the lead.
Acknowledging his inability to pass Cunningham, Mutoh said, "I still have tomorrow."
Alex Lloyd remarkable season continued with his worst finish of the season, third place. "We really messed up today," Lloyd said. "We just had no straight line speed. Once Hideki (Mutoh) got around me that was it. We were so slow on the straights that overtaking was almost impossible."
The second yellow of the day occurred on lap 9 when Chris Festa spun in Turn 2. That set up a restart with 12 laps completed. Lloyd restarted directly behind Mutoh, but Phil Giebler left enough room to get a run down the front straight, passing Lloyd for third into the first corner.
Lloyd regrouped one lap later, overtaking Giebler before pulling away to set his sights on second place.
By the time Lloyd had reeled in Mutoh, "my tires were gone," he said. "It's disappointing."
Giebler finished fourth followed by Bobby Wilson and Daniel Herrington in sixth.
Watkins Glen will host two rounds of Indy Pro Series racing this weekend with the second race taking the green flag Sunday at 12:15 p.m. The top six drivers in Saturday's race will be inverted for the start of the second round with Daniel Herrington starting on the pole. Bobby Wilson will start second with Phil Giebler and Alex Lloyd on the second row.