WILSON CRUISES TO VICTORY IN SECOND LIBERTY CHALLENGE RACE INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, June 17, 2007 -- Bobby Wilson passed for the lead in Turn 1 of the opening lap of Race 2 of the Liberty Challenge on June 17 on the road course at the Indianapolis...
WILSON CRUISES TO VICTORY IN SECOND LIBERTY CHALLENGE RACE
INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, June 17, 2007 -- Bobby Wilson passed for the lead in Turn 1 of the opening lap of Race 2 of the Liberty Challenge on June 17 on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and he then cruised to a 10.5-second victory over series points leader Alex Lloyd.
Wilson started on the outside of Row 1 in the No. 1 Ocala Gran Prix entry after a seventh-place finish in Race 1 on June 16. The top eight finishers were inverted for the start of Race 2. Wilson made a move on polesitter Ryan Justice in the first corner and drove all 18 laps unchallenged on the 13-turn, 2.605-mile circuit.
The victory was Wilson's second in the Indy Pro Series and the first while driving for Brian Stewart Racing.
"It's been an up-and-down year," Wilson said. "I'm so happy to be here (in victory lane). It's been long time coming. I'm proud to win here, and it's going to be a day of celebration. I'm going to enjoy it."
Lloyd, who maintains a 104-point advantage in the point standings, finished second for the second consecutive race after coming into the weekend with a record five-race win streak.
Lloyd started seventh in the race, moved up several positions on the start, and passed Justice for second on Lap 14.
Hideki Mutoh, who earned his first Indy Pro Series victory in Race 1, improved from the eighth starting position to finish third. He passed Justice on the final straightaway, beating him to the line by .003 of a second.
Justice earned a career-best finish in fourth while Jaime Camara was fifth.
Logan Gomez, a Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate of Lloyd and Justice and a native of Crown Point, Ind., recorded a career-best finish of sixth.
In the second Formula BMW USA race of the weekend, Esteban Gutierrez won by 2.2 seconds over Daniel Morad.
This is the second victory of the 2007 season for Gutierrez, from Monterrey, Mexico. He won earlier this year at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.
Morad, winner of the first Formula BMW USA race Saturday, achieved another podium finish after placing second. Maxime Pelletier finished third.
Bryce Miller won the second IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge race of the weekend after a daring pass for the lead from third place in Turn 1 on the opening lap. He then cruised to a 17.3-second victory.
Charles Scardina, winner of Saturday's race, placed second. Bob Faieta was third.