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DATE News (chronologically)
09/07/08
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Matos clinches Indy Lights title
Matos raises his arm in victory
Rick Schenk/AR1.com
Richard Antinucci crashed out of today's Firestone Indy Lights race at Chicagoland Speedway and at that point last year's Champ Car Atlantic champion Rafael Matos locked up the 2008 Indy Lights crown, his second straight 'development series' title.  Matos led all but the last lap today but with one lap to go his AGR teammate Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Ana Beatriz used the slingshot to pass Matos putting Matos third at the flag, but Matos was happy to have won the title.

Matos said he missed a shift on the final restart which cost him the race win, but was very happy to win the title and complimentary of his team afterward and says he owes the championship to his whole team.

The Firestone Indy Lights website says that the Chicagoland race will be rebroadcast tonight on ESPN2 at 10:30 p.m. ET.  We will keep you informed if there is any change to this schedule. 

Results

Pos

Driver Start Pos Diff Gap Status
1 Arie Luyendyk Jr (26) 3 --.---- --.---- Running
2 Ana Beatriz (20) 2 0.0817 0.0817 Running
3 Raphael Matos (27) 1 0.1700 0.0883 Running
4 Bobby Wilson (15) 12 0.2726 0.1026 Running
5 James Davison (11) 6 0.4281 0.1555 Running
6 Jonathan Klein (2) 8 0.4877 0.0596 Running
7 Robbie Pecorari (44) 14 0.8985 0.4108 Running
8 Logan Gomez (23) 10 1.1747 0.2762 Running
9 Mike Potekhen (43) 4 1.8484 0.6737 Running
10 Daniel Herrington (5) 5 2.0408 0.1924 Running
11 Jonny Reid (77) 15 2.1528 0.1120 Running
12 Micky Gilbert (54) 17 3.0125 0.8597 Running
13 Pablo Donoso (3) 16 3.3031 0.2906 Running
14 Cyndie Allemann (18) 23 3.9360 0.6329 Running
15 Brandon Wagner (29) 20 1 lap 1 lap Running
16 Christina Orr (24) 21 28.4885 28.4885 Running
17 Sean Guthrie (4) 22 29.3737 0.8852 Running
18 Brent Sherman (16) 11 2 laps 1 lap Running
19 Tom Wieringa (55) 24 41.6313 41.6313 Running
20 Tom Dyer (6) 18 5 laps 3 laps Running
21 Richard Antinucci (7) 9 42 laps 37 laps Contact
22 JR Hildebrand (25) 19 60 laps 18 laps Contact
23 Dillon Battistini (22) 7 67 laps 7 laps Contact
24 Wade Cunningham (9) 13 0.7621 0.7621 Contact

Race Statistics

      Winner's average speed: 130.622 mph

      Time of race: 46:46.7364

      Margin of victory: 0.0817 of a second

      Cautions: 4 caution flags for 19 laps

      Lead changes: 1 among 2 drivers

      Lap leaders: Matos 1-66, Luyendyk 67.

      Point standings: Matos 510, Antinucci 478, Beatriz 449,

Luyendyk 428, Hildebrand 409, Battistini 385, Donoso 360,

Gomez 358, Davison 333, Guthrie 322.

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