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Malukas moves into Indy Lights points lead with Road America win

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas took his fourth Indy Lights win of the season by dominating race two of the weekend at Road America.

Malukas got past Andretti Autosport’s poleman Danial Frost for the lead at the start and started to pull away immediately.

There was not much time before a caution period occurred, however, as Juncos Racing’s Toby Sowery made contact with Carlin with Jay Howard Driver Development’s Alex Peroni while also battling with Andretti’s Robert Megennis.

Sowery crashed out, while Peroni continued after pitting for a new front wing.

Once the race resumed after a brief caution, Malukas was able to maintain a decent lead at the front of the pack and control the race.

Frost, meanwhile, lost second to Megennis with five laps remaining after the latter made a big error at Turn 5.

The Singaporean driver almost lost third to the recovering Peroni on the final lap too, but was able to hold on by just under half a second. Peroni finished fourth, ahead of Global Racing Group with HMD’s Linus Lundqvist.

Pre-race points leader Kyle Kirkwood had to pit at the end of lap six after running wide at the final corner. Mechanics were then seen working on the left-front corner of his car, and he finished the race 12th and four laps down.

Devlin DeFrancesco ran high up early on but slipped back to sixth, ahead of Lundqvist’s team-mate Benjamin Pedersen.

Race results (20 laps)

Pos Name Team Time
1 David Malukas HMD Motorsports 41m33.6071s
2 Robert Megennis Andretti Autosport +4.5886s
3 Danial Frost Andretti Autosport +8.0333s
4 Alex Peroni Carlin w/ JHDD +8.4659s
5 Linus Lundqvist Global Racing Group w/ HMD +15.3427s
6 Devlin DeFrancesco Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport +17.0443s
7 Benjamin Pedersen Global Racing Group w/ HMD +21.0577s
8 Christian Bogle Carlin w/ JHDD +31.5845s
9 Sting Ray Robb Juncos Racing +35.1704s
10 Antonio Serravalle Pserra Racing +37.0462s
11 Nikita Lastochkin HMD Motorsports +37.8834s
12 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport +4 laps
Ret Toby Sowery Juncos Racing
Fastest lap: Megennis, 1m55.9180s

Championship standings
1 Malukas 235   2 Kirkwood 227   3 Lundqvist 227   4 Sowery 171   5 Megennis 156   6 DeFrancesco 156   7 Peroni 155   8 Frost 153   9 Pedersen 152   10 Robb 119