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Lundqvist takes lights-to-flag Indianapolis win in Indy Lights

by Peter Allen

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Linus Lundqvist claimed a commanding win in the first Indy Lights race on the Indianapolis road course.

Lundqvist led all 30 laps from pole position on his way to his second win of the season, reclaiming the championship lead from his HMD Motorsports colleague David Malukas.

After keeping ahead of fellow front-row starter Toby Sowery at the start, Lundqvist’s lead was 0.7 seconds at the end of the first lap, but he was helped by the pressure that Malukas put Juncos driver Sowery under in the opening laps.

Sowery defended for several laps before Malukas got by on the way into Turn 1 on the fourth lap.

By now, Lundqvist was two seconds clear out front and was able to maintain that gap over the rest of the race.

Sowery finished six seconds back in third for his first podium of the season, and four seconds in front of Andretti’s Kyle Kirkwood, who took the escape road when he overshot Turn 1 with seven laps to go.

Earlier on, Alex Peroni had locked up at the same point and gone deep across the grass, costing him fifth place to Danial Frost and putting him under pressure from Devlin DeFrancesco, but he quickly recovered and regained fifth from Frost at half-distance.

DeFrancesco finished on Frost’s tail in seventh, followed by Robert Megennis and Sting Ray Robb.

From the back of the grid, Christian Bogle was putting Robb under pressure when he spun at Turn 1 in the first third of the race, costing him places to Benjamin Pedersen and Antonio Serravalle.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Linus Lundqvist Global Racing Group w/HMD 38m40.4811s
2 David Malukas HMD Motorsports +2.3922s
3 Toby Sowery Juncos Racing +8.8122s
4 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport +12.9343s
5 Alex Peroni Carlin +15.1784s
6 Danial Frost Andretti Autosport +19.5144s
7 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport +20.2894s
8 Robert Megennis Andretti Autosport +22.3762s
9 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing +25.9796s
10 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group wHMD +27.3407s
11 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing +32.6258s
12 Christian Bogle Carlin +36.8855s
13 Nikita Lastochkin HMD Motorsports +50.1556s
Fastest lap: Lundqvist, 1m16.8962s  

Championship standings
1 Lundqvist 123   2 Malukas 119   3 Kirkwood 105   4 DeFrancesco 84   5 Frost 82   6 Sowery 80  7 Peroni 79   8 Pedersen 76   9 Megennis 69   10 Robb 61