Nico Jamin has taken his first victory in Indy Lights Series during Race 1 of Barber (Alabama) round. The Frenchman has done the same as the rookie’s Telitz and Herta, who already won races as rookies. The podium was completed by Kaiser and Alberico.
Start: Rookies caused Urrutia retire
The race start wasn’t the clearest of history… Colton Hera (Andretti Steinbrenner Racing) damaged the front-wing when he was taken the lead of the race ahead of Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing), while a contact between Pato O’Ward (Team Pelfrey) and Santi Urruita (Belardi Auto Racing) caused the Caution situation.
Urrutia, O’Ward and Aaron Telitz (Belardi Auto Racing) as well, joined the pits to change their damaged wings, with Urrutia changing the rear wing, losing 3 laps.
But Herta stayed on track one more lap with a damaged front wing. The driver of the 98 machine, pulled a gap of 15 seconds over Kaiser during the caution period before coming to the pits. When he made the front wing change, he was reported to the back of the group because of not slowing down during the caution period.
Jamin didn’t waste time
When the green flag returned on track, Kaiser lost the lead of the race and the victory with Nico Jamin (Andretti Autosport). The Frenchman would finally win the race by more than 2 seconds.
Neil Alberico (Carlin) secured the last spot of the podium ahead of their team mates, Matheus Leist and Zachary Claman de Melo who overtook Dalton Kellet (Andretti Autosport) for fifth position.
Comeback phase: O’Ward and Herta on a mission
Following first lap incidents, O’Ward was down to tenth position. Despite that, the runner-up of Pro Mazda was able to overtake Nicolas Dapero (Juncos Racing) and Juan Piedrahita (Team Pelfrey) for a final eight place. Seventh finished Shelby Blackstock (Belardi Auto Racing).
More complicated it was for Hera starting from 14th at the re-start, moment when the Californian overtook Rickards (Carlin) and Telitz for 12th. Then he spent 4 laps to overtake team mate, Ryan Norman for 11th. At the end he finished 10th after overtake Piedrahita who was out of pace.
|1||Nico Jamin||R||Andretti Autosport||30 Laps|
|2||Kyle Kaiser||Juncos Racing||2,6525|
|5||Zachary Claman de Melo||Carlin||7,931|
|6||Dalton Kellet||Andretti Autosport||11,6353|
|7||Shelby Blackstock||Belardi Auto Racing||23,4746|
|8||Pato O’Ward||R||Team Pelfrey||23,6997|
|9||Nicolas Dapero||R||Juncos Racing||24,2379|
|10||Colton Herta||R||Andretti Steinbrenner Racing||25,0465|
|11||Juan Piedrahita||Team Pelfrey||26,12|
|12||Ryan Norman||R||Andretti Autosport||26,9117|
|13||Aaron Telitz||R||Belardi Auto Racing||27,5634|
|15||Santi Urrutia||Belardi Auto Racing||Contact|