IPS: Howard scores his first victory at Nashville

Jay Howard finally made it to victory lane in the Indy Pro Series after passing polesitter Wade Cunningham on a restart. Although Nashville marked the young Englishman's first series victory, Howard led the point standings coming to this event....

Jay Howard finally made it to victory lane in the Indy Pro Series after passing polesitter Wade Cunningham on a restart. Although Nashville marked the young Englishman's first series victory, Howard led the point standings coming to this event. He now leads the championship standings 243-207 over Bobby Wilson.

Wilson finished seventh.

Cunningham was leading by nearly four second when Geoff Dodge brushed the Turn Two wall, bringing out a yellow.

On the restart, Cunningham's car balked allowing Howard to sail into the lead. "When I was running out front the car was perfect," said Cunningham. I definitely felt like I had the fastest car."

Restarts were another story. "I couldn't get good restarts," Cunningham admitted. "It was frustrating because I knew it was coming."

Cunningham slipped to fifth, where he battled with Tom Wood for fourth. The pair swapped positions twice with Wood retaking fourth place two laps from the finish.

Taking advantage of Cunningham's problem on the restart didn't bother Howard, who was obviously pleased with his first Pro Series victory. "No matter how we get the win, we get the win," he said with a smile.

"Wade had a miss shift," Howard said. "He hit the limiter and had a miss shift. I went by and moved out so Jaime (Camara) could get a tow. That worked perfectly."

Camara, who won at Nashville last year, followed into second and held on to score his best finish of the season. Camara's Andretti Green Racing teammate Jonathan Klein finished third.

Despite being entered by Andretti Green Racing, the top three finishers were prepared by Sam Schmidt Racing.

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