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O’Ward narrows Herta’s Indy Lights points lead with dominant Iowa win

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway / LLC Photography

Andretti Autosport?s Patricio O?Ward cruised to a lights-to-flag win at Iowa Speedway to cut Colton Herta’s Indy Lights points lead to eight points.

Polesitter O?Ward was unchallenged in the 100-lap race around the Iowa oval, and led every lap to take his fourth win of the season.

Andretti Steinbrenner Racing driver man Herta finished second, 2.8 seconds behind. Herta started in second, but fell behind Belardi Auto Racing’s Santiago Urrutia in the opening stages.

After pressuring Urrutia for many laps, Herta finally slipped down the inside of Urrutia with three to go. Urrutia had vaulted from fifth to second early on, but dropped back later in the race as his tyres faded away. He?finished just 0.3s ahead of Andretti?s Ryan Norman, who in turn finished ahead of team-mate Dalton Kellett.

Victor Franzoni, who broke his victory duck last time out at Road America, finished sixth after a race-long battle with Aaron Telitz. Franzoni took the position and the fastest lap of the race.

Despite finishing last, Telitz was just 10 seconds behind winner O?Ward.


Race results (100 laps)

Pos Name Team Time
1 ?Patricio O’Ward Andretti Autosport 34m37.255s
2 Colton Herta Andretti Steinbrenner Racing +2.8258s
3 Santiago Urrutia Belardi Auto Racing +5.6820s
4 Ryan Norman Andretti Autosport +6.0403s
5 Dalton Kellett Andretti Autosport +7.9356s
6 Victor Franzoni Juncos Racing +8.5758s
7 Aaron Telitz Belardi Auto Racing +9.5601s
Fastest Lap: Franzoni, 20.491s

Championship Standings
1?Herta 283? ?2?O’Ward 275? ?3?Urrutia 234? ?4 Franzoni 216? ?5 Norman 189? ?6 Telitz 181??7?Kellett 177? ?8?Shelby Blackstock 42? ?9?Neil Alberico 31? ?10?Alfonso Celis 27