IPS: Medeiros' Nashville win sets record

Thiago Medeiros won his fourth consecutive Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, setting a new Indy Racing League record for consecutive victories. The young Brazilian, who turns 22 on July 24, has scored five victories in...

Thiago Medeiros won his fourth consecutive Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, setting a new Indy Racing League record for consecutive victories. The young Brazilian, who turns 22 on July 24, has scored five victories in his last six races, starting with the season ending race at Texas last year. He started this season by finishing second at Miami Homestead Speedway.

The Infiniti Pro Series moves to the Milwaukee Speedway next weekend, where Medeiros turned the best lap during an open test. "The race will be on my birthday next Saturday, so I'm looking forward."

Medeiros led all 77 laps in today's race and has now led 173 consecutive laps, a Pro Series record. "The team did a good job," said Medeiros. "They gave me a great start this weekend. We were quickest all the sessions that we had here. I think I did the easiest part, I just drove the car around."

Medeiros pulled away at the start of the race and despite two early caution periods, led by 2.5 second at the midpoint of the race. Towards the end of the race, with less than 20 laps to go, the yellow flag was shown when Brad Pollard's car came to a stop on the backstretch. On the restart, Dana managed to pull along side Medeiros on the front straight in his only bid for the lead. By the time the pair raced into the second turn, Medeiros cleared Dana, leading convincingly until lap 66, when the final caution closed the gap once again.

"The second to last restart, I nailed it and we had a race," said Dana. "We were racing side by side in turn one, and I had him pinned down on the bottom. I thought we could start working the high side and we had a yellow again."

Sensing his last opportunity to challenge for the lead, Dana held back on the restart to get a run on the leader. Medeiros countered by hitting the throttle early, assuming a half second lead that he held to the checkered flag.

Rookie driver Jesse Mason avoided trouble to finish third. "Coming in, I thought we might struggle a little bit because of our showing at Kansas, but we worked all weekend," Mason said. "Everybody's so close that it was kind of a toss-up between second through fifth."

Attrition from accidents and mechanical problems left six cars running at the finish, allowing Billy Roe to finish fourth after starting 11th. "We had a lot of carnage going on in front of us, and we were able to miss it."

Al Unser, son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. finished fifth, his second top-five finish in two races. Former World of Outlaws sprint car driver P.J. Chesson, in the last car running, finished sixth.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Billy Roe , Al Unser Sr. , Brad Pollard , Jesse Mason , P.J. Chesson , Thiago Medeiros