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.
@ChaseAustin111 is awake and alert! Being taken to local hospital for further evaluation. I spoke with him and he thanks everyone 4 support!
— Starting Grid, Inc. (@SGI_1994) May 23, 2014