Robert Megennis couldn’t have picked a more iconic track to score his first Indy Lights victory.
Starting on the pole and leading 28 of 30 laps, Megennis took the checkered flag in Race #1 of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
“This is insane,” the Andretti Autosport driver told NBCSN following his victory. “I can’t believe we just won that. It’s out of control. This is super special. It’s [my] first Lights win, first win in a couple of years. I couldn’t be happier.”
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Andretti Autosport teammate Oliver Askew, the only other driver to lead a lap in the race, finished second. Askew briefly took the lead away from Megennis on lap 3 before being overtaken by Megennis in Turn 1 on Lap 5. Megennis would lead the rest of the race.
Rinus VeeKay finished third, with Ryan Norman and Zachary Claman completing the top five. All nine starters finished on the lead lap.
Indy Lights cars take to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway again on Saturday afternoon, with Race #2 beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.
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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.
The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.
“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”
In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.
VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.
A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.
NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.