Newton, Iowa, Saturday, June 23, 2012 – By winning Saturday night’s Sukup 100 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, Esteban Guerrieri claimed his third Firestone Indy Lights victory of the 2012 season.
Driving his his No. 11 Pistas Argentinas/SSM with Curb-Agajanian car, Guerrieri won by .4005 seconds over Team Moore Racing’s Gustavo Yacaman. The win also moved the Argentine back into the lead of the Firestone Indy Lights championship.
Brazil’s Victor Carbone finished third in his No. 3 Mav TV/Nevoni/SSM with Curb-Agajanian car. It is Carbone’s seventh-straight top-six finish this season and his first podium finish of the season.
Frenchman Tristan Vautier, driving the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/SSM with Curb-Agajanian car, finished fourth. The rookie was leading the race but was given a ‘drive-through’ penalty by INDYCAR officials for blocking Guerrieri mid-way through the race.
Yacaman’s teammate, David Ostella, rounded out the top five.
SSM’s fourth driver, Oliver Webb, started sixth in his No. 77 Lucas Oil/SSM car but finished 12th after his race ended with wall contact on lap 106.
With the win, Guerrieri (289) moved back into the championship points lead over Vautier (276) and Saavedra (244). Carbone and Yacaman are tied in fourth with 217 points.
The next Firestone Indy Lights event is a 50-lap race on July 7, part of the Honda Indy Toronto.
DATE: June 23, 2012
EVENT: Sukup 100
SERIES: Firestone Indy Lights Series
LOCATION: Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa
WINNER: Esteban Guerrieri of Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Esteban Guerrieri (Started 2nd, Finished 1st/Running, completed 115 of 115 laps)
Victor Carbone (Started 3rd, Finished 3rd/ Running, completed 115 of 115 laps)
Tristan Vautier (Started 1st, Finished 4th/Running, completed 115 of 115 laps)Oliver Webb (Started 6th, Finished 12th/Running, completed 106 of 115 laps)
Esteban Guerrieri (Finished 1st), Driver of the No. 11 Pistas Argentinas/SSM with Curb-Agajanian Dallara:
“It was a race where I didn’t have a great start. Tristan took off early, and I lost my second position. I was actually back to third. The key was to then be patient. I was close to first, but I was burning my front tires trying to get there too fast. I tried to save the tires. I got to second behind Tristan, and I was patient. It is clear the man in front can’t block, and he blocked me so they had to give him the penalty. He unfortunately got the penalty, and I was up front. I am very happy with my third win of the season. I tried to get away from the lapped traffic and stay up front, and I that is where I stayed.”
Victor Carbone (Finished 3rd), Driver of the No. 3 Mav TV/Nevoni/SSM with Curb -Agajanian Dallara:
“Our start wasn’t great. I fell back to sixth or something like that, and I just didn’t have the pace to be honest at the beginning of the race. I just saw the guys in front of me – Gus and his teammate and the Andretti car – were struggling a little bit with the handling of their cars so I just took my time. I just waited a little bit because my car was handling pretty good, so I just waited a little bit and started to pick one by one. I made it around Gus when we went through traffic, so I was up to second, but then, I don’t know, we were missing a little bit somewhere. When I was behind Tristan he opened up, so yeah it was a good race.”
Tristan Vautier (Finished 4th), Driver of the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/SSM with Curb-Agajanian Dallara:
“The car was fantastic. I built a one and a half second lead but had some trouble with lapped traffic when I came up on it. Esteban caught me, and I accidentally squeezed him. I got a drive through for that. My car was so great that I was able to get back on the lead lap and make a late pass for P4, which was great. It’s disappointing when we had such a dominant race going.”
Oliver Webb (Finished 12th), Driver of the No. 7 Lucas Oil/SSM Dallara:
“My first start was really good, but unfortunately I was swarmed by about five cars. I settled in and was clicking good lap times compared to the leaders though. My race was pretty much lost from there, so I just tried to help my teammates. When Victor was passing me, I caught his air and maybe I was a little too nice to him. Unfortunately, it ended up costing me because I touched the wall with my right front tire.”