Saavedra earns Iowa's night race victory

Sebastian Saavedra started from the pole position and led flag to flag to win the AvoidTheStork.com 100 Firestone Indy Lights race at Iowa Speedway. Saavedra said his car started to fade at the midpoint of the race but he was untouched as crossed...

Sebastian Saavedra started from the pole position and led flag to flag to win the AvoidTheStork.com 100 Firestone Indy Lights race at Iowa Speedway. Saavedra said his car started to fade at the midpoint of the race but he was untouched as crossed the finish line 0.480 of a second ahead of Martin Plowman.

"The No. 29 car was amazing," said Saavedra. "I'm very glad everything worked out this way. You couldn't imagine how good this car was."

In the final 15 laps, Saavedra closed on lapped traffic. His first reaction was to slow the pace before noticing that Plowman and third place finisher J.K. Vernay quickly erasing his two second lead.

Saavedra made a final push to pass a lapped car to use as a buffer and Plowman was never able to make a bid for the lead.

"Those last ten laps were crazy," Saavedra said. "I wanted to make the right decisions and not risk crashing. I saw those guys coming fast, but we pulled through and I'm very happy."

J.K. Vernay pushed Plowman in the final laps, hoping to use the lapped traffic to his advantage but it wasn't in the cards. In an instant, Plowman went high and Vernay went low in an attempt to pass the lapped car of Dan Clark. Clark moved low, curtailing Vernay's advancing move.

Adrian Campos drove a steady race, starting fifth and finishing fourth. His TMR teammate James Hinchcliffe made up the most ground during the race starting ninth and finishing fifth.

Hinchcliffe ran as high as fourth and was starting to put pressure on Vernay before fading to fifth at the finish.

J.K. Vernay now leads the points 192-169 over Charlie Kimball. Kimball ran out of fuel during qualifying and started at the back of the 13 car field. Kimball spun on the first lap trying to make up ground, ending his night.

"Starting in the back, I was trying to make a couple of moves early and see if I could get to the front," Kimball reported. "Heading into Turn 1, I was running a little bit higher that I had earlier. I was way out of the gas and the back just came around."

Friday night's Indy Light practice was canceled due to weather, making today's race a one day event. Qualifying was held earlier in the day with Saavedra earning the pole followed by Plowman, Vernay, Stefan Wilson, Adrian Campos and Gustavo Yacaman rounding out the top six.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Charlie Kimball , Adrian Campos , James Hinchcliffe , Sebastian Saavedra , Stefan Wilson , Gustavo Yacaman