BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: One of the major attractions of the IndyCar series is there is not one dominant driver who can romp away with one-sided wins in the first rounds. The same can be said of the feeder Indy Lights series where over the weekend, a fifth winner emerged in as many races so far this season.
Over the weekend, Santiago Urrutia became the latest first-time winner in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the fifth different winner in as many races in the 2016 season.
Urrutia, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires champion in 2015, made a bold move on the inside line to muscle his way past pole sitter Ed Jones for the lead on Lap 3 of the Legacy Indy Lights 100 and took off from there.
The driver of the No. 55 Mazda Stone Red Dallara IL-15 was never challenged and crossed the line with a healthy 4.2437 seconds lead ahead of Jones. With Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian getting to victory lane, it also means that four different teams have won races thus far in 2016.
“In these cars it is hard to pass,” said the 19-year-old native of Uruguay. “Many, many times you need to take some risks.”
“I’m happy for me because I got a good feeling with the car and everything. I’m happy for my first win in Indy Lights and I’m happy for the team,” he added.
Jones’s second-place finish in the No. 11 Jebel Ali Resorts and Hotels Dallara IL-15 for Carlin moves him into the points lead, five ahead of Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing), who finished sixth. Andretti Autosport’s Dean Stoneman finished third to claim his first career Indy Lights podium.