Cunningham scores series 100th race win in Kentucky

Wade Cunningham won the Kentucky 100 Indy Lights Series race today, earning his seventh victory in the series. "It was a difficult race, even when I was in the lead those last 25-28 laps," said Cunningham. "Sebastian had a very strong ...

Wade Cunningham won the Kentucky 100 Indy Lights Series race today, earning his seventh victory in the series. "It was a difficult race, even when I was in the lead those last 25-28 laps," said Cunningham. "Sebastian had a very strong car."

Sebastian Saavedra was second after leading twice for a total of 22 laps. "I'm very happy," said Saavedra. "We scored some very important points for us. The car was great. The whole AGR/AFS Racing team did an incredible job. We were just doing as planned, trying to be side-by-side with Wade (Cunningham) at the start-finish, but that yellow flag just made everything impossible. We're still in the same position in the points for the championship and I'm looking forward to Mid-Ohio."

Saavedra is currently second in the championship standings, 42 points behind his teammate J.R. Hildebrand. Hildebrand , who started from the pole when qualifying was canceled, pulled onto the pit lane with mechanical problems and failed to take the green flag.

The race finished under caution when James Hinchcliffe spun off Turn 2 with less than 3 laps remaining. Hinchcliffe, who was battling Ana Beatriz for third at the time, did not make contact and continued. He finished seventh.

Ana Beatriz posted her fifth top-five finish of the season with third place. Beatriz made a daring three-wide pass for the lead on lap 26 but was only able to hold the point for two laps. "We got speed on the straight and I was able to overtake for first position, but I couldn't hold it," said Beatriz. "It seems like the other cars just had more power at the exit of corners, and that's why we lost it. But we had a top 10, passed a lot of people, got a podium and I think it was a great day. I couldn't be happier for (my team)."

James Davison started sixth and finished fourth "I'm really happy with our performance," said Davison. "It is a big development for us as a first year team in this series to have a competitive run on a mile and a half oval with the top teams. We have to be satisfied with that. We weren't the fastest car. We were fourth and fifth the majority of the race but it is a good result and something to build on."

Andrew Prendeville picked up eight positions in the race to finish fifth. "It was a good run," he said. "We started thirteenth and finished fifth. The team did a really good job in the short time that we had, especially since we are a one car team."

Prendeville noted that the track conditions were not ideal but "we still put on a pretty good show for the fans."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Wade Cunningham , James Davison , James Hinchcliffe , Sebastian Saavedra , J.R. Hildebrand , Ana Beatriz