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Peter Dempsey wins Freedom 100 (video)

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted May 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm Indy Lights

Peter Dempsey (top) crosses the finish line 0.0026 seconds ahead of Gabby Chaves, Sage Karam, and Carlos Munoz at the 2013 Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  (photo: IndyCar.com)

Peter Dempsey (top) crosses the finish line 0.0026 seconds ahead of Gabby Chaves, Sage Karam, and Carlos Munoz in the 2013 Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
(photo: IndyCar.com)

Even Peter Dempsey was surprised at the finish of the Freedom 100.

Despite biding his time and running near the front for the entire Freedom 100, Peter Dempsey didn’t appear to be in contention for the race win as the white flag flew in Indianapolis. Carlos Munoz, Sage Karam, and Gabby Chaves came off Turn 4 three-wide, but it was Dempsey who used the tow to beat all three to the stripe. The margin?: 0.0026 seconds!

It was the closest finish in the 100-plus year history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

According to early reports, Dempsey’s spotter Stefan Wilson told Dempsey to go for it on the outside heading toward the finish line off of Turn 4 — creating a four-wide finish — but Dempsey never questioned the move. He was going for it.

The aggressive maneuver paid off, earning Dempsey his first career victory in Firestone Indy Lights.

“Beers are on me tonight,” Dempsey said in his post-race interview.

Watch the finish here:

Make the jump to see the full results. 

2013 Freedom 100 Results
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indy Lights
*starting position in parenthesis. 

1. (3) Peter Dempsey, 40, Running

2. (4) Gabby Chaves, 40, Running

3. (1) Sage Karam, 40, Running

4. (2) Carlos Munoz, 40, Running

5. (6) Zach Veach, 40, Running

6. (10) Jorge Goncalvez, 40, Running

7. (11) Jimmy Simpson, 40, Running

8. (9) Chase Austin, 40, Running

9. (7) Juan Pablo Garcia, 40, Running

10. (5) Jack Hawksworth, 14, Contact

11. (8) Kyle O’Gara, 2, Contact

 Race Statistics:

  • Winners average speed:  162.995
  • Time of Race: 00:36:48.6540
  • Margin of victory: 0.0026
  • Cautions: 1 for 4 laps
  • Lead changes: 2 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders:

  • Karam 1-12
  • Munoz 13-39
  • Dempsey 40

Point Standings: Munoz 167, Dempsey 140, Chaves 139, Karam 138, Hawksworth 132, Goncalvez 118, Garcia 106, Veach 106, Matthew Di Leo 30, Victor Carbone 26.

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  1. Rick on May 25, 2013 11:12 am

    About time! Peter has always had the skills, but has been dogged by bad racing luck for years.

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