JR Hildebrand held off polesitter James Davison to win today's Firestone Indy Lights race at Watkins Glen. Hildebrand passed Davison on a restart about halfway through the caution riddled 30 lap race and from there was never headed despite several restarts.
Afterward Hildebrand said, "It doesn't get any better (than an American winning on the Fourth of July). This race win couldn't have happened at a better time for us. I knew we had a strong car going into this race. We were sitting there thinking, 'We cannot accept defeat today.' It's America's birthday. I can't be more happy with it."
More to follow……
|1||JR Hildebrand (26)||4||–.—-||–.—-||Running|
|2||James Davison (21)||1||0.5499||0.5499||Running|
|3||Felipe Guimaraes (29)||6||1.2289||0.6790||Running|
|4||Charlie Kimball (35)||5||2.8635||1.6346||Running|
|5||Sebastian Saavedra (27)||2||3.1770||0.3135||Running|
|6||Richard Philippe (37)||9||3.4626||0.2856||Running|
|7||Daniel Herrington (28)||7||3.7795||0.3169||Running|
|8||Gustavo Yacaman (44)||18||4.1227||0.3432||Running|
|9||Pablo Donoso (9)||14||5.2818||1.1591||Running|
|10||Ana Beatriz (20)||16||5.3998||0.1180||Running|
|11||Martin Plowman (15)||11||6.1786||0.7788||Running|
|12||Mike Potekhen (24)||13||6.5087||0.3301||Running|
|13||Stefan Wilson (19)||19||6.7651||0.2564||Running|
|14||Andrew Prendeville (2)||12||6.8530||0.0879||Running|
|15||Pippa Mann (16)||20||7.7642||0.9112||Running|
|16||Ali Jackson (6)||21||11.7903||4.0261||Running|
|17||Sergey Mokshantsev (3)||15||11.9135||0.1232||Running|
|18||Rodrigo Barbosa (55)||17||28.1061||16.1926||Running|
|19||Wade Cunningham (11)||8||4 laps||4 laps||Contact|
|20||Mario Romancini (5)||10||16 laps||12 laps||Mechanical|
|21||James Hinchcliffe (7)||3||23 laps||7 laps||Contact|
Winner's average speed: 104.807 mph
Time of race: 57:52.6759
Margin of victory: 0.5499 of a second
Cautions: 3 caution flags for 5 laps
Lead changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap leaders: Davison 1-13, Hildebrand 14-30.
Point standings: Hildebrand 279, Romancini 221, Cunningham 216, Saavedra 215, Davison 206, Hinchcliffe 200, Herrington 194, Beatriz 184, Yacaman 173, Kimball 169.
Note: Saavedra was issued a 30-second penalty for blocking on final lap