Chaves beats Brabham by inches in Indy Lights Freedom 100 photo finish (VIDEO)

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Gabby Chaves has taken the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Freedom 100 victory by just 0.005 of a second with a last-second, last-turn, last-lap outside pass for the win.

A year ago, he lost by 0.0026 of a second to Peter Dempsey, then driving for Belardi Auto Racing. Now Chaves, driving for Belardi, made the move on Matthew Brabham as they exited Turn 4 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Being in the number 5 car, which beat me last year, now I know he did it,” Chaves told NBCSN’s Jake Query in victory lane. “We had a rough weekend two years ago. To win here, third race of the season. That was just in the right moment in the right position. I tried getting around Zach for second, to save a run for later.

“With a rough last race weekend we had here, I realized, I let the result get to me. I let my passion be driven by results, not the love for the sport. To come in here, you have to have fun, work hard and deliver,” added the Colombian American.

Brabham dominated most of the race, leading 28 laps, but was unable to hold off the final run from Chaves.

“I’m happy for (Gabby) Chaves, but it’s disappointing to lose the race by that much (0.005 seconds),” Brabham said. “I thought I had it coming around the last lap when the two behind (Zach Veach, Gabby Chaves) were battling with each other and with me… I thought I just had it. I saw this white and red flash come around me on the outside, and he just beat me; I’m happy to get second. The team did a great job, and I think we had one of the best race cars out there; a big thank you to my United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED crew. I’m just disappointed not to have won.”

Zach Veach finished third with the front row of Luiz Razia and Jack Harvey fourth and fifth.

Unofficially, Chaves and Veach are tied for the points lead with 264, with Razia seven back in third.

The race had one significant accident as Chase Austin lost control of his car exiting Turn 1 and crashed head-on into a tire barrier of the IMS road course.

Austin was diagnosed with a fractured left wrist and transported to Methodist Hospital. But, he was reported awake and alert.

The video of the accident, along with an update from Starting Grid Inc., Austin’s sponsor, is below.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.