MILWAUKEE – A first-time winner emerged in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Milwaukee, Round 11 of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season, in the form of Belardi Auto Racing driver Felix Serralles.
Serralles won in a thrilling scrap with RC Enerson, who was also seeking his first career win in the 100-lap race.
Enerson took the lead on the start from polesitter Spencer Pigot and led the opening 47 laps, before a spin by Pigot’s Juncos Racing teammate Kyle Kaiser exiting Turn 4 brought the field closer together.
Serralles only barely avoided hitting Kaiser as the American spun off Turn 4. Serralles darted to the inside, and made it around Kaiser without incident.
The restart occurred on Lap 51 and from there, Serralles began to close and hunt down Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Enerson.
The race built to its crescendo in the final 15 laps. With Serralles closing on Enerson, he made a move to Enerson’s inside exiting Turn 4 at the conclusion of Lap 87 and start of Lap 88.
Serralles made it by the inside of Enerson, completing the pass by the exit of Turn 2.
From there, he avoided another scary moment trying to lap Shelby Blackstock on the backstraight. Serralles’ car got very loose, but he managed to avoid the Andretti Autosport driver.
Enerson banked another podium with Juan Piedrahita, an ace at Milwaukee, in third.
Jack Harvey avoided too much drama on the day and ended fourth, ahead of Scott Anderson, who also was lucky to avoid Kaiser.
Max Chilton was sixth with Pigot down to seventh after losing fifth gear. Ed Jones, the other member of the title contending trio, ended in eighth.
Today’s exciting race will air on NBCSN on Tuesday night, July 14, at 11 p.m. ET.