Max Chilton scores emotional first career Indy Lights victory in Iowa

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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.


Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll


Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.