Gomez wins closest Indy Pro race
Logan Gomez, Sam Schmidt Motorsports won today's IndyPro Series race at Chicagoland today by just 0.0005s over Alex Lloyd, also of the Sam Schmidt stable. Alex Lloyd hopes to be moving on to the Indy Car Series next year.
The time and winner's 188.627 mph closing lap on the 1.52-mile oval equates to a margin of victory of 1.65 inches. The difference was the closest in the six years of the series -- and in Indy Racing League history.
Results Sunday of the Chicagoland 100 Indy Pro Series event September 9 at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason out (if any) and money earned:
1. (4) Logan Gomez, 67, Running $32,500
2. (1) Alex Lloyd, 67, Running $26,000
3. (7) Robbie Pecorari, 67, Running $20,000
4. (11) Bobby Wilson, 67, Running $16,400
5. (16) Mike Potekhen, 67, Running $15,900
6. (17) Sean Guthrie, 67, Running $15,400
7. (19) P.J. Abbott, 67, Running $14,900
8. (15) Jon Brownson, 67, Running $14,400
9. (18) Ken Losch, 67, Running $13,900
10. (14) Jimmy Kite, 67, Running $13,400
11. (21) Brad Jaeger, 67, Running $12,400
12. (10) Stephen Simpson, 65, Running $11,400
13. (12) Leilani Münter, 55, Running $10,400
14. (3) Ben Petter, 49, Running $10,000
15. (8) Jonathan Klein, 45, Mechanical $9,500
16. (22) Travis Gregg, 43, Contact $9,000
17. (2) Wade Cunningham, 43, Contact $8,500
18. (13) Adam Andretti, 34, Contact $8,000
19. (6) Chris Festa, 13, Contact $5,000
20. (5) Jaime Camara, 13, Contact $4,000
21. (9) Andrew Prendeville, 4, Mechanical $3,000
22. (20) Tom Wieringa, 0, Did not start $2,000
Winner's average speed: 108.764 mph
Time of race: 56:10.8201
Margin of victory: 0.0005 of a second
Cautions: 5 caution flags for 33 laps
Lead changes: 9 among 4 drivers
Lap leaders: Lloyd 1-7, Cunningham 8-12, Lloyd 13-14, Cunningham
15, Lloyd 16, Klein 17, Lloyd 18-41, Gomez 42, Lloyd 43-46, Gomez
Point standings: Lloyd 652, Mutoh 481, Cunningham 423, Wilson 393, Potekhen 379, Camara 373, Gomez 368, Pecorari 344, Simpson 340, Festa 313.
CHICAGOLAND 100 POST-RACE QUOTES:
LOGAN GOMEZ (No. 23 Isilon Systems/ Flacondos.net/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, winner Chicagoland 100): "It feels great. Alex had a great run out there as well as us. I think that Sam Schmidt Motorsports was the class of the field today. It's great to go out with a win at the end of the year. I'm looking forward next to running in the Indy Pro Series possibly. You couldn't ask for anything else. We progressed from not finishing races at the beginning of the year to winning a race at the end of the year, so it's just been a steady progression. Hopefully we can start here next year." (About running side-by-side at the front of the pack): "That was my first time, especially with Alex. I knew he'd race me clean, and I did the favor back to him. To race side-by-side with somebody like that who is going places is really a great feeling. To beat him is even better. It's about as close as you can get a finish. I couldn't ask for much more out of this series." (About having Davey Hamilton as spotter): "He was the biggest help, dodging a few of those wrecks. We were pretty close to a few - the first big one with Chris Festa and Jaime Camara. We were on the high side going three wide, and we just barely missed it." (About having a lot of friends and family here): "Yeah, a lot of family and friends here. It's great. Other than Indy, I can't think of a better place to win."
SAM SCHMIDT (Owner, Sam Schmidt Motorsports): "It's one of those things you've got to pinch yourself. It's beyond remarkable. Nine wins, leading the most laps, capping it off this way is just phenomenal. Alex is a true professional, true gentleman. They played the right game there at the end to pull away from everybody else and settle it the last lap. I thought coming off of (Turn) 4 that Alex had it won, but Logan had just enough speed at the end. I don't know that it will ever get any closer than that. That's just really, really unbelievable. It's truly been a natural progression. We struggled early on, because he's really only got two years of four-wheel other than go-kart experience. It really is a way to cap off a perfect season just building momentum. He really didn't get comfortable on ovals until Iowa, and ever since then he's been fast. He did an incredible job, matured a ton this year."
ALEX LLOYD (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon Systems/ Sam Schmidt Motorsports, finished second): "We gave it all we could and we put on a good show. It's a great race for the series to finish up on. It's a shame, all the yellows, but I think the final few laps were pretty good. I had just been trying to figure out where I was going to go. I gave myself a little bit of room coming through turn one and two to really suck it up and give it a go through three and four. We were almost there. Almost, but not quite. But it's great for Logan. I'm so happy for him. He's had a really great year and really been coming on strong. For him to get into victory lane is a really great boost for him over the winter and for the start of his next year. I think if he stays here in Indy Pro, he'll be a world championship favorite."
ROBBIE PECORARI (No. 13 Cabo Wabo Tequilla, finished third): "We started off pretty good. We qualified seventh which was real good for the Cabo Wabo Tequila team and from there we basically worked our way forward. Toward the end I made a small mistake going into turn three and that gave the front leaders that gap that we couldn't really make up. But once those two started working together as teammates, we just kind of hung out and finished third."