Team E's Bobby Wilson passed pole-sitter Pablo Donoso on the thirteenth of one hundred laps to win the Sunday (June 1st) Milwaukee 100. The result was the team's first-ever Firestone Indy Lights victory, and the third consecutive season that...
Team E's Bobby Wilson passed pole-sitter Pablo Donoso on the thirteenth of one hundred laps to win the Sunday (June 1st) Milwaukee 100. The result was the team's first-ever Firestone Indy Lights victory, and the third consecutive season that Wilson has earned the top spot on the podium at least once in the series.
"Team E gave me a great car," Wilson said afterwards. "Our first win together could not have happened at a better place." Wilson is a native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin some thirty miles west of the city of Milwaukee.
Donoso's Team Moore running mate Jeff Simmons brought the No. 2 car from third on the starting grid to the runner-up spot at the finish. Simmons managed to close the gap on Wilson to a slim 0.0893 second margin on the last lap as the leader encountered traffic on the tail end of the lead lap right before the checkered flag flew.
"The guys on Team Moore did a great job today," Simmons said. "We just came up about twelve feet short."
Third was AFS Andretti Green Racing's Raphael Matos, followed by RLR Andersen teammates Andrew Prendeville and J R Hildebrand; with Sam Schmidt Motorsports James Davison on sixth.
Donoso, Arie Luyendyk Jr, Logan Gomez and Sean Guthrie rounded out the top ten in the Milwaukee 100.
The race produced no surprises other than the difficulty that began on Saturday and continued on race day for several Firestone Firehawk Cup championship contenders.
SSM's Richard Antinucci continued to struggle with engine problems and could bring the No. 7 car that won last year's Indy Lights championship home no better than sixteenth in the twenty-one car field.
Teammate Ana Beatriz made contact early on and was forced into the pits for a rear airfoil change that cost her any chance of victory; and put her over twenty laps down at the race's conclusion.
Despite his poor result Antinucci continues to lead the points race, by one point, over Panther's Dillon Battistini (who finished fourteenth). Hildebrand stands third, followed by Matos and Luyendyk Jr.
The next race for the Indy Lights comes in three weeks at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa as the sixteen-event schedule continues toward a September close.