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Hawksworth wins Indy Lights at Baltimore as title battle intensifies (VIDEO)

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Jack Hawksworth led a Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian podium sweep in Baltimore for his third win of the Firestone Indy Lights season.

A runner-up finish for Sage Karam moves him to the points lead, with Gabby Chaves third to complete the top three. The trio also went 1-2-3 at Iowa, with Karam leading Chaves and Hawksworth there.

Karam made an excellent move – one he called “the best of his career” on Lap 1 to go three-wide on the inside of Chaves and Carlos Munoz to move into second place at Turn 3.

Hawksworth’s Baltimore drive was peerless from pole, a flag-to-flag triumph in the 35-lap race. He also won on two other street circuits, St. Petersburg and Toronto.

The day was great for SPM but a disaster for Munoz, who crashed on Lap 5 with something that apparently broke on the back of his Andretti Autosport car and pitched him into the wall entering Turn 5. That dropped Munoz to a ninth place finish.

The result moves Karam to the points lead, unofficially, with 373 points. Munoz is second with 371, Chaves 369 and Hawkswoth fourth on 362 with a maximum 53 points earned in Baltimore.

Peter Dempsey, who finished fourth, is still alive as well with 338 points but would need to win at Houston and hope for the four ahead to have issues to gain back the deficit.

Jorge Goncalvez finished fifth at Baltimore ahead of Matthew Di Leo, Giancarlo Serenelli, Zach Veach, Munoz, and series debutante Dalton Kellett. Kellett and Serenelli had unscheduled appointments with the concrete barriers while Veach had mechanical issues.

The second-to-last race for Indy Lights will be at Houston on Oct. 6, the inaugural trip to the street course for the series.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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