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Connor De Phillippi celebrates his second-straight 'Night Before the 500' Star Mazda race win at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.
(photo: Eric McCombs)

American drivers Spencer Pigot (USF2000) and Connor De Phillippi (Star Mazda) topped the competition during the ‘Night Before the 500’ races at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

Pigot started second behind teammate Matthew Brabham but made good use of a restart following a seven-car incident early in the USF2000 race. Heamin Choi, who spun in turn 2 sparking the multi-car crash, was transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure following the incident. He was awake and alert.

Once the action resumed, Pigot and Brabham proceeded to trade the top spot running side by side under the lights, but Pigot managed to retain the lead when the checkered flag waved while working through lap traffic. Roman Lagudi finished third with Scott Anderson and Trent Hindman rounding out the top five, respectively.

Connor De Phillippi started from pole in Star Mazda and opted for the outside-row starting spot. The decision paid off as De Phillippi never relinquished the point despite pressure from Andretti Autosport’s Sage Karam and Zach Veach early on. As the race developed De Phillippi continued to extend his lead throughout the race despite two caution periods which briefly bunched up the field. The 19-year-old California native started from pole and won last year’s Star Mazda race during the Night Before the 500 as well.

Martin Scuncio ran fourth with Petri Suvanto rounding out the top-five. In the closing laps, Jack Hawksworth and Gustavo Menezes traded sixth place, with Menezes earning the edge on the final circuit around the 0.686-mile oval. USAC headlined the event with Tracy Hines claiming victory following a last lap turn 4 pass for the win.

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