Mid-Ohio Indy Lights: Kirkwood supreme again, earns sixth win

Kyle Kirkwood completed a near-perfect weekend and again led Danial Frost in an Andretti Autosport 1-2 to extend his championship lead over David Malukas.

Mid-Ohio Indy Lights: Kirkwood supreme again, earns sixth win

Despite plenty of side-by-side action on the opening lap, there was no change in the order up front, polesitter Danial Frost holding off Andretti Autosport teammate and championship leader Kyle Kirkwood, ahead of the Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports driver Linus Lundqvist who in turn held off HMD teammate David Malukas and Devlin DeFrancesco in the Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport machine.

However, on the run down to Turn 4 on Lap 2, Kirkwood popped to the outside of Frost and drafted by to take the lead. An Andretti driver doing less well in the early stages was sixth-place starter Robert Megennis who lost places to Benjamin Toby Sowery (Juncos Racing) and Benjamin Pedersen (GMG/HMD) in the opening couple of laps.

On Lap 10 of the 35-lap race, Christian Bogle lost his Carlin car at on the outside of Turn 1 and needed rescuing, bringing out the full course caution.

The Lao 13 restart saw no order changes, and as before the lead pair started stretching away from the pack, but on Lap 15 that pack was led by Malukas thanks to Lundqvist drifting far too wide exiting the Keyhole, Turn 2.

However, the HMD driver couldn’t close on Frost who fell almost 3sec behind leader Kirkwood by Lap 20.

Four laps later, Sowery finally found a way around Pedersen for sixth on the run down to Turn 4, and immediately started closing on DeFrancesco. The pair clashed on Lap 31 as they ran side-by-side through Turns 4, 5, 6 and 7, the Andretti driver staying ahead. Just behind them, on the penultimate lap, Megennis passed Pedersen for seventh.

Kirkwood eventually clinched victory by four seconds, while Frost did just enough to hold off Malukas.

P

Name

FTime

Diff

Led

ST

Team

Points

1

Kyle Kirkwood

1:13.4004

LAP 35

34

2

Andretti Autosport

290

2

Danial Frost

1:13.2249

4.1660

1

1

Andretti Autosport

204

3

David Malukas

1:13.7157

4.8076

 

4

HMD Motorsports

279

4

Linus Lundqvist

1:13.5148

8.1424

 

3

Global Racing Group w/HMD Motorsports

265

5

Devlin DeFrancesco

1:13.8791

13.4894

 

5

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

190

6

Toby Sowery

1:13.5919

14.0083

 

8

Juncos Racing

201

7

Robert Megennis

1:14.0345

17.6080

 

6

Andretti Autosport

183

8

Benjamin Pedersen

1:13.9436

18.7311

 

7

Global Racing Group wHMD Motorsports

179

9

Alex Peroni

1:14.1022

19.2162

 

10

Carlin

179

10

Sting Ray Robb

1:14.1602

20.1702

 

9

Juncos Racing

140

11

Nikita Lastochkin

1:14.3583

28.8213

 

12

HMD Motorsports

123

12

Antonio Serravalle

1:14.5246

29.3824

 

11

Pserra Racing

126

13

Christian Bogle

1:14.7049

2 LAPS

 

13

Carlin

125

 

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