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O’Ward strengthens Indy Lights title credentials in second Mid-Ohio race

by Ida Wood

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway / LLC Photography

Patricio O’Ward strengthened his Indy Lights championship lead with another win over title rival Colton Herta at Mid-Ohio.

O’Ward repeated his race one performance of controlling the pace up front, while Andretti team-mate Herta had to overcome Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz before he could challenge for the lead.

Herta had no answer to O’Ward in the first half of the race, possibly because he was saving tyres, and was put back onto O’Ward’s gearbox when a caution period occurred after Telitz was span by Juncos Racing’s Victor Franzoni at Turn 5.

After that caution period he kept with the leader, with the two trading fastest laps. On multiple occasions Herta got close enough to challenge, but the dirty air of the leader made it difficult to overtake and Herta conceded victory on the final lap, dropping back several seconds.

The caution period also assisted their team-mate Ryan Norman, who hounded Telitz’s team-mate Santiago Urrutia before putting a move on him with nine laps to go for third place. The result matched the podiums he got at St. Petersburg and Toronto.

The fourth Andretti car of Dalton Kellett had a lonely drive to fifth, while a drive through penalty for the contact with Telitz left Franzoni in sixth place. Telitz finished a lap down, and now level with Kellett for sixth in the standings.


Race results (30 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Patricio O’Ward Andretti Autosport 37m33.956s
2 Colton Herta Andretti Steinbrenner Racing +4.3680s
3 Ryan Norman Andretti Autosport +10.8640s
4 Santiago Urrutia Belardi Auto Racing +15.7157s
5 Dalton Kellett Andretti Autosport +20.1273s
6 Victor Franzoni Juncos Racing +24.8635s
7 Aaron Telitz Belardi Auto Racing +1 lap
Pole: O’Ward, 1m11.3118s? ? ? Fastest lap: Herta, 1m12.088s

Championship Standings
1?O’Ward 395? ?2?Herta 363? ?3?Urrutia 325? ?4 Franzoni 279? ?5 Norman 269? ?6 Telitz 250??7?Kellett 250? ?8?Shelby Blackstock 42? ?9?Neil Alberico 31? ?10?Alfonso Celis 27