Given his pace in preseason testing this year, it was never a question of if Max Chilton would win his first race in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires but when.
The answer was Saturday, July 18, on of all places, the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway bullring.
And it came under incredibly emotional circumstances, less than 24 hours after the loss of his friend and former Formula 1 teammate, Jules Bianchi.
Carlin’s Chilton scored his first career series pole earlier Saturday and dedicated that to Bianchi.
Then along with teammate Ed Jones, who won the opening three races, the pair held the lead for the entire 100-lap race.
Chilton led 87 of the 100 laps with Jones leading the other 13 circuits.
“This [win] was for Jules… I did that one for Jules… I’ve learned a lot from him,” Chilton said in the post-race press conference.
Jones gains nine points on series points leader Jack Harvey, who finished fifth, who in turn gains four points on Spencer Pigot, who finished ninth. The series heads to Mid-Ohio in two weeks time for Rounds 14 and 15 in the season.
Today’s Indy Lights race will air at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN on Monday, July 20.