Long Beach: J.K. Vernay race report

Hollywood Meets "J.K." as Vernay Makes it Three Podiums in a Row Jean-Karl Vernay made it three podium finishes from three starts in Sunday morning's Firestone Indy Lights race on the 1.968-mile temporary race course in Long Beach, ...

Hollywood Meets "J.K." as Vernay Makes it Three Podiums in a Row

Jean-Karl Vernay made it three podium finishes from three starts in Sunday morning's Firestone Indy Lights race on the 1.968-mile temporary race course in Long Beach, California.

Vernay was quickest in qualifying but his pole winning time was ruled out, having been achieved with a late local yellow flag on track. However, his next best lap time was still good enough for a second place starting slot.

Aiming for the three consecutive victories after winning the first two events of the season at St. Petersburg and Barber, he was challenged for position going into the first corner and sensibly slotted into third place to avoid contact. While he maintained pressure on the drivers in front of him throughout the race, with the gap to P2 never exceeding a second, he had to settle for third, for a hat-trick of podiums.

Vernay now has a 28 point lead in the Championship.

"This morning the car was perfect in warm-up but then we didn't really find the sweet spot with our race setup", said Vernay. "But third place is not a bad result and I am happy to be in front in the Championship. I feel pretty good about my season to this point."

Team Owner, Sam Schmidt: "Even though we didn't win, and we were really hoping to win, there are a lot of positives we can take away from this event. J.K. had a good points-paying day. When he can't win, finishing on the podium is a good thing for the championship. We can build on this and take some good momentum heading into the month of May in Indy."

The next event on the Firestone Indy Lights schedule is the Freedom 100 at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28th.

-source: jk vernay PR

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Jean-Karl Vernay