Three times Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin has joined the ranks of the INDYCAR podium elite…
Australian Alex Peroni managed to avoid the mayhem around to finish 5th behind Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist as Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires made a return to the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires driver development ladder following a one-year hiatus. Benjamin Pedersen, was second, just ahead of Devlin DeFrancesco,
Lundqvist, the 2018 BRDC British Formula 3 champion and 2020 Formula Regional Americas Championship powered by Honda winner, had the pressure eased somewhat on the pening lap after David Malukas found the barriers at turn1 after contact from Kyle Kirkwood. The incident led to a dnf for Malukas, while Kirkwood went to the pitlane to replace a damaged front wing..
Lundqvist immediately gapped the field at the restart racing 1.6 seconds clear of his Danish-born teammate, and thereafter stretched his lead slowly but surely before taking the checkered flag 5.3517 seconds ahead of Pedersen.
DeFrancesco profited from the incident then moved into podium contention when Toby Sowery slid wide at the exit of turn 6. DeFrancesco’s performance earned him the Tilton Hard Charger Award.
Sowery recovered to finish 4th and Alex Peroni 5th on the Carlin team’s return to Indy Lights for the first time since 2017.
The second round of the championship will see the green flag tomorrow at 12:20 p.m. CDT, immediately prior to the headline event, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the opening round of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Provisional championship points after 1 of 20 races:
- Linus Lundqvist, 32
- Benjamin Pedersen, 25
- Devlin DeFrancesco, 22
- Toby Sowery, 19
- Alex Peroni, 17
- Robert Megennis, 15
- Danial Frost, 14
- Sting Ray Robb, 13
- Kyle Kirkwood, 12
- Christian Bogle, 11
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