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A Day of Firsts…

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 30, 2009 at 11:50 am hard charger, Indy Lights

(photo:  www.DanielHerrington.com)

(photo: www.DanielHerrington.com)

Yesterday’s Indy Lights race, the Chicagoland 100, offered race fans one of the most entertaining races of the season.  The conclusion of the race featured quite a few firsts

Daniel Herrington claimed his first career Indy Lights victory yesterday at Chicagoland Speedway.  The performance by Herrington gave Bryan Herta Autosport their first win in Indy Lights.  J.R. Hildebrand claimed the overall Indy Lights title, his first.   Brandon Wagner put in a great performance in qualifying, earning his first career pole position.  Andrew Prendeville drove a great race that saw him improve 11 positions—driving from 14th on the grid to finish 3rd—to earn his first Indy Lights podium of 2009.  He also earned the hard charger award for the first time in 2009.  The race had 16 starters… unfortunately, only 10 cars were running at the end of the race— the first time this season the series has had less than 12 cars finish a race.

Overall, it was an action-packed race that most of us will not soon forget. The race featured 5 lead changes among 4 drivers.   James Davison finished the race in 2nd, which also marked the first one-two finish for cooperatives BHA and Vision Racing.  As stated above, Andrew Prendeville rounded out the top-three by taking the final step on the podium.  Honorable mention should go to Wade Cunningham, who led the most laps of any driver; 39.

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