Iowa: Martin Plowman race report

Plowman finishes second in a tense race at Iowa. Martin Plowman capped off an impressive weekend at Iowa Speedway by claiming his first podium finish of the season to finish second. Earlier in the day Plowman impressed with his speed in ...

Plowman finishes second in a tense race at Iowa.

Martin Plowman capped off an impressive weekend at Iowa Speedway by claiming his first podium finish of the season to finish second. Earlier in the day Plowman impressed with his speed in qualifying missing out on his maiden pole-position by a mere 3 thousandths of a second.

Sebastian Saavedra, who started from the pole in the No. 29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Autosport car, held off Plowman by 0.4820 of a second to win the 5th round of the Firestone Indy Lights under the lights at Iowa Speedway.

From the drop of the green flag Saavedra and Plowman took off leaving the rest of the field in their wake, trading fastest laps until a safety-car period on lap 66 of 115 for debris bunched the field up and wiped away their advantage over the pursuing pack of JK Vernay, Stefan Wilson and James Hinchcliffe.

At the restart, Saavedra got a good jump to re-establish his lead, with Plowman starting to fade away a little. With 30 laps remaining Plowman had managed to preserve his tyres enough for a late race push. Saavedra was enjoying a 2.29-second lead with 15 laps remaining, but was closing fast on lapped traffic. Plowman, driving the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing car for AFS Racing Andretti Autosport, began reeling in the Colombian. He cut the deficit from 2.2978 seconds with 10 laps left to .2299 of a second with two to go on the .875-mile oval. The lapped car of fellow Brit Dan Clarke caused Plowman to lose momentum on the penultimate lap as he tried to keep pressure on for the lead, allowing Saavedra to take the win by less than half a second.

It was a good day for Plowman in the championship race as points leader JK Vernay finished 3rd, Hinchcliffe recovered to finish 5th and team-mate Charlie Kimball winded up in 13th after crashing out earlier in the race. He is now only 32 points off the pace with 8 races and 424 points still to play for. The championship resumes when the series heads back to a road-course at Watkins Glen on July 4th.

Martin Plowman- Driver of the #27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers/KEP Printing car for AFS Racing Andretti Autosport

"It was one of the most intense races I have had in my life," said Plowman, who notched his fourth consecutive top-five finish. "For the first 30 or 40 laps it was just between me and Sebastian. We were pulling away from the field. Then the yellow flag came out (Lap 67 for debris) and that was a very unfortunate time because that was when I was going to start putting the pressure on him to get the lead. Sebastian got in traffic and I thought it may be my day, but at the end I just couldn't catch him. It was a great day for us and great for the points."

-source: www.plowey.com

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Bryan Herta , Charlie Kimball , James Hinchcliffe , Sebastian Saavedra , Martin Plowman , Stefan Wilson , Dan Clarke
Teams Andretti Autosport , Bryan Herta Autosport