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DATE News (chronologically)
08/23/09
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Hildebrand goes flag-to-flag at Infineon  Californian JR Hildebrand won the Carneros 100 Indy Lights race at Infineon Raceway Sunday in Sonoma, California. 

Hildebrand jump to the lead at the start and was never seriously challenged in another dominating performance by the Andretti Racing driver.

"It's pretty special to win here on 'home turf.' said Hildebrand.  "I think our strongest competition was going to be my teammate, Sebastian. He showed that by picking up as many spots as he did at the end after starting at the back with the engine change.

"It was a nice, clean race. I was able to just tick off the laps. We ran most of our laps with in a couple of tenths within the fastest lap I ran during the race. That's really what we were trying to do. That's been our strong point all year and it proved to be strong again here." 

Results

Pos

Driver (Car no.) Start Pos Diff Gap Best Time Status
1 JR Hildebrand (26) 1 --.---- --.---- 1:23.9479 Running
2 Felipe Guimaraes (29) 3 15.8918 15.8918 1:24.4702 Running
3 James Davison (21) 5 23.5403 7.6485 1:24.6290 Running
4 Richard Philippe (37) 6 37.1880 13.6477 1:24.8219 Running
5 Ana Beatriz (20) 2 40.1798 2.9918 1:24.7508 Running
6 James Hinchcliffe (7) 4 40.7500 0.5702 1:24.7137 Running
7 Sebastian Saavedra (27) 19 41.0038 0.2538 1:24.5296 Running
8 Charlie Kimball (35) 8 41.8858 0.8820 1:24.9153 Running
9 Mario Romancini (5) 7 43.2152 1.3294 1:24.9454 Running
10 Martin Plowman (15) 9 44.9162 1.7010 1:24.9351 Running
11 Daniel Herrington (28) 11 45.5340 0.6178 1:24.9579 Running
12 Wade Cunningham (11) 12 52.4153 6.8813 1:24.6893 Running
13 Andrew Prendeville (2) 10 53.8610 1.4457 1:25.2341 Running
14 Pippa Mann (16) 14 1:08.3204 14.4594 1:25.2905 Running
15 Ali Jackson (9) 17 1:11.8904 3.5700 1:25.4719 Running
16 Mike Potekhen (24) 13 1:12.7771 0.8867 1:25.5617 Running
17 Rodrigo Barbosa (55) 18 1 lap 1 lap 1:26.3273 Running
18 Juan Pablo Garcia (8) 16 23.7997 23.7997 1:25.2400 Running
19 Gustavo Yacaman (44) 15 40 laps 39 laps -0.0001 Contact

Race Statistics
      Winner's average speed: 89.522 mph
      Time of race: 1:01:44.4612
      Margin of victory: 15.8918 seconds
      Cautions: 1 caution flags for 6 laps
      Lead changes: no lead changes
      Lap leaders: Hildebrand 1-40.
      Point standings: Hildebrand 473, Saavedra 383, Davison 376,  Hinchcliffe 361, Cunningham 354, Romancini 328, Herrington 315, Beatriz 304, Kimball 267, Prendeville 258.

QUOTES:

J.R. HILDEBRAND (No. 26 ARPRO, Carneros 100 race winner): "I think our strongest competition was going to be my teammate Sebastian (Saavedra). He showed that by picking up as many spots as he at the end, after starting at the back with the engine change. It was a nice, clean race. I was able to just tick off the laps. We ran most of our laps within a couple of tenths within the fastest lap I ran during the race. That's really what we were trying to do. That's been our strong point all year and it proved to be strong again here.

FELIPE GUIMARES (No. 29 Bryan Herta Autosport, finished second): "It's been good. We've run three races and have had two podium results, so that's great. My team did a very good job this weekend. I'm very proud of them."

JAMES DAVISON (No. 21 People*s Liberation/Vision Racing, finished third): "I made the most of the passing opportunities today, which were done on the restarts. I got into fourth and then I got into third. Knowing my teammate (Felipe Guimares) had underneath him what I had, I think it was a day to drive a safe race and bring it home. We have to continue to bring home these top ten finishes. It would be great to get a win on an oval as well as a road course this year, so we'll go to Chicago and try to better it."

RICHARD PHILIPPE (No. 37 Palm Beach International Raceway, finished fourth): "The race was pretty uneventful actually until I guess ten laps from the end. I was able to make some moves and some of my peers made some mistakes, so I was able to capitalize on them. It's been a very emotional weekend for me as you know. My brother is still in the hospital so this race is for him. All of his sponsors are on my car. It's been a tough weekend, but I have a job to do. Hopefully he'll be back soon and running with me."

ANA BEATRIZ (No. 20 Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, finished fifth): "It was a difficult race for the Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt team.  I couldn't be as aggressive as I wanted to in driving the car.  Throughout the race, I kept experience the rear brakes locking up, and it made it difficult to be in close battles.  On the one hand, I'm happy for the team to get another top-five, but I know we could have been fighting for the podium so it's a bit frustrating.  We'll get the car ready for Chicago and hope to have a good race there."

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