Homestead Story

Shigeaki Hattori, the senior member of the Indy Lights cadre at 34 years old, led 64 of 67 laps in winning his first series race Sunday at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. Hattori averaged a record 114.825 mph and led ...

Shigeaki Hattori, the senior member of the Indy Lights cadre at 34 years old, led 64 of 67 laps in winning his first series race Sunday at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. Hattori averaged a record 114.825 mph and led second-place finisher Cristiano da Matta (Medley/LCI Lola) across the finish line by 0.468 of a second. The time of race, which was slowed by two caution periods includingn one that eliminated five race cars, was 52:35.077 seconds on the 1.502-mile oval track. Rookie Guy Smith (NTS Dream Writer/Swift Caravans Lola) finished third. Pole-winner Paese (SBT/Transamerica/STP Lola) crashed on lap 29 while challenging Hattori for the lead in Turn Two. Paese was uninjured. A five car incident in Turn 3 involving Mike Borkowski, Felipe Giaffone, Naoki Hattori (no relation to Shigeaki), Jorge Goetters and da Matta's teammate Airton Dare brought out the yellow for the final time. All drivers were uninjured.

Hattori held off a challenge from da Matta in the final run to the checker. Absent from the race was second year American driver Clint Mears who crashed in Sunday morning warm up. Mears spun in Turn Two and made heavy wall contact. His race car was severely damaged and Mears suffered a dislocated left shoulder. He was treated at the CART trackside Medical Facility and released later on Sunday. His status for the upcoming Indy Lights race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has yet to be determined. PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship http://www.indylights.com

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Guy Smith , Felipe Giaffone , Shigeaki Hattori , Airton Daré , Naoki Hattori , Mike Borkowski , Cristiano da Matta