GUSTAVO YACAMÁN EARNS CAREER BEST; LEADS SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS IN RACE AT MILWAUKKE

WEST ALLIS, Wis. ^× Sunday's Husar's House of Fine Diamonds 100 at the Milwaukee Mile provided the platform for a career-best day for Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver Gustavo Yacamán as he walked away with a fourth place result. Wade Cunningham followed in sixth with James Hinchcliffe in seventh. The VERSUS tape-delayed broadcast can be seen on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. EDT.

SPEED READ

Gustavo Yacamán earns best finish in young Firestone Indy Lights career.
Wade Cunningham moves up one spot in season points standings.
James Hinchcliffe earns first top-ten oval result.

Gustavo Yacamán earns best finish in young Firestone Indy Lights career.

Following his career best qualifying effort yesterday, Gustavo Yacamán backed it up today with his career best result. At the start of the race, he made daring passes on the outside of his competitors and held his own. He ran as high as third for most of the day but lost a spot right at the end. Still, the fourth-place result was four better than his previous best of ninth.

Wade Cunningham moves up one spot in season points standings.

The hottest driver in the series entering the weekend, Wade Cunningham's sixth-place finish enabled him to move up one more spot in the driver point standings to fourth. The result was especially impressive given that he missed nearly the entire morning practice session on Saturday after being tangled in another driver's incident. The 2005 champion of Firestone Indy Lights now sits just 35 points behind series leader J.R. Hildebrand.

James Hinchcliffe earns first top-ten oval result.

With engine problems holding him back at Kansas and Indianapolis, James Hinchcliffe entered this weekend looking to make his oval skills known amongst his fellow competitors. Throughout the weekend, he was running in the top-five during both practices, and during the race, he was in a heavy duel all day with teammate Wade Cunningham and would eventually finish behind him in seventh spot ^× his best so far in three oval starts.

DRIVER NOTES & QUOTES

#7 HINCHTOWN.com/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver James Hinchcliffe

Qualified 10th with a two-lap average of 144.825 mph. Finished the race in seventh.
Leaves Milwaukee sixth in points.

"Looking at things, this was our first real finish on an oval. I considered this my first oval race, really. We're pretty pleased. We had really good pace early on. I made up a couple of places on the first lap and was having a good battle with Wade. We were having good fun out there just racing around. I think our lap times were pretty respectable at the beginning. It's just about track position at that point because everybody is so close and competitive. After that first yellow flag, when we went back green, in places where my car was really strong, we were struggling suddenly. I just had massive understeer. Saavedra was able to get by. From then on, it took a long time to get the car back. The way our setup was, I guess that heat cycle in the tires didn't do us good. It was definitely better on the long runs so those yellows hurt us. We came back with four wheels on it and another top-ten, which was good for points, so we'll try and carry this momentum into Iowa."

#11 LUCAS OIL/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver Wade Cunningham

Qualified fifth with a two-lap average of 146.387 mph. Finished the race in sixth.
Leaves Milwaukee fourth in points.

"I'm glad that we finished, for the championship. That's the main concern. I was disappointed with the first start and following restart. We're geared a little bit long, and I didn't compensate with car placement or anything like that. That's why I lost positions on those. We inherited two from people falling out so that was good. It was really just a long day. I maxed out my weight jackers and bars within the first five laps trying to get rid of the oversteer I had. From that point on, I was just trying to manage my right rear tire, especially off of Turn 4 today. The wind had shifted from yesterday so I was concerned about the rear tires over the long run. I was really trying to feather the throttle on corner exit, especially out of four. Unfortunately, sixth was the best we could do today. It really seemed that once the field settled into a rhythm, everyone was really at the same speed so track position was key today, especially through traffic. I'm glad we brought the Lucas Oil car home today, and I have to thank all my guys for their effort this weekend. I look forward to getting back onto the track in Iowa."

#44 CREPES & WAFFLES/TUVACOL/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver Gustavo Yacamán

Qualified sixth with a two-lap average of 146.283 mph. Finished the race in fourth.
Leaves Milwaukee 11th in points.

"It was a good run for us. My car was very strong at the beginning. I made a pass on the outside of my teammate Wade Cunningham on the first lap. I think I got by Saavedra as well. Then, on the next restart, Summerton spun in front of me, and I got by him with no incident. It was a long race after that. I think we did 50 laps or so under green. It was a good run for us. The worst position to finish in is second or fourth. I should be happy, but I'm not. The team did a very good job. I think with a little more experience, I could have done better."

-credit: ssm