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Indianapolis Hard Charger

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted May 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm hard charger, Indy Lights

The hard charger of the Freedom 100 is Mario Romancini, who put in the drive of the day at Indianapolis. He improved 15 spots in today’s race. Making some of the most daring passes I have seen in a long time, he finished 3rd after starting 18th. Today’s result ties his career best Indy Lights finish, he finished 3rd at Kansas Speedway late last month. In five starts, he has 4 top-ten finishes.
(photo by Dan Helrigel)

Wade Cunningham deserves some press for obtaining his second Freedom 100 victory. The 24-year-old Kiwi ran an impressive race that saw him conserve his tires for the majority of the event, without ever losing the lead group. Cunningham pulled the trigger with two laps remaining and passed J.R. Hildebrand for the lead. He led the most important lap of the race to take the checkered flag in Indianapolis.
(photo by Dana Garrett)

This was one of the most exciting Indy Lights races in recent memory. I provided live coverage of the event here at Junior Open Wheel Talent earlier today. The live blog seemed to be quite a hit, so look for similar coverage here in the future. If you’re not into reading, you can view highlights of the race here.
(photo’s from IndyCar.com)

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  1. The SpeedGeek on May 22, 2009 10:35 pm

    Mario was, indeed, en fuego. Unbelievable that Hildebrand didn’t cover the line all the way to the inside on the backstretch on the next to last lap. I figured maybe he didn’t want to lead that lap, and that he had something up his sleeve for lap 40…I was wrong.

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