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Vernay earns third victory of the year at Watkins Glen International

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:18 pm Indy Lights

JK Vernay Victorious at ‘The Glen’
(photo: Ryan – JuniorOpenWheelTalent.com)

The outcome of today’s Firestone Indy Lights race at Watkins Glen International was determined by one, slight, mistake.  James Hinchcliffe, who led the first 19-laps, entered turn one a little too aggressively and ended up on the dust which had settled just off-line.  Vernay, who was close to the leader at the time of the error, pounced as Hinchcliffe slid wide.  He never looked back after moving into the lead; earning his third victory of the 2010 season.  Hinchcliffe managed to stay close to Vernay for the remainder of the race, but ultimately finished 0.2135 seconds back.  It was the closest finish of the season.

“I’m embarrassed,” said Hinchcliffe who set the fastest lap of the race. “That’s the one mistake we made all weekend and it cost us a win.”

Hinchcliffe had an incredible chance to retake the lead with four-laps to go.  Vernay made a slight error – also in Turn 1 – and Hinch had a great run through the esses as the duo entered the “Bus Stop.”  Vernay was able to drive his car a little deeper into the corner, however, maintaining the lead.

Sebastian Saavedra finished the race in third, 3.9635 seconds back.  Martin Plowman and James Winslow finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Star Mazda competitor Anders Krohn was in the process of putting together a great race — running as high as fourth for several laps — before running through the inside of the “Bus Stop” chicane as Gustavo Yacaman tried to overtake him.  Yacaman spun on the attempt and forced Krohn off-track.  Following the incident, Krohn continued to fall back through the field and ultimately finished 10th, possibly battling a damaged car.  Update: Krohn was dealing with a damaged gearbox.

Charlie Kimball, who was second in the points’ championship entering today’s race, faced his second straight DNF.  This time it was mechanical.  Kimball was reportedly dealing with a fuel pressure issue throughout today’s race.

Honorable mention should go to Series’ rookie James Winslow for finishing fifth after starting 14th.  In addition to running an Indy Lights car this weekend, Winslow also competed in the F2000 Championship, where he finished eighth in Race 1.

Make the jump for full results of today’s Corning 100 at Watkins Glen:

Firestone Indy Lights
Complete Results: Corning 100
Watkins Glen International Raceway

  1. J.K. Vernay
  2. James Hinchcliffe
  3. Sebastian Saavedra
  4. Martin Plowman
  5. James Winslow
  6. Philip Major
  7. Adrian Campos Jr.
  8. Gustavo Yacaman
  9. Rodrigo Barbosa
  10. Anders Krohn
  11. Charlie Kimball
  12. Stefan Wilson
  13. Dan Clarke
  14. Pippa Mann
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