NEWTON, Iowa — With 5 laps to go in the one Indy Lights race at Iowa Speedway for the 2022 season, Matthew Brabham was throughout championship chief Linus Lundqvist for the race lead.
Because the pair approached the again straight, Brabham was outdoors of Lundqvist, the Swede making an attempt to maintain his No. 26 machine in entrance. Listening to from his spotter that he was clear on the skin, Lundqvist moved up in entrance of Brabham, however the American was nonetheless outdoors of Lundqvist.
The pair had contact, damaging the entrance wing of the No. 83 Andretti Autosport machine. Brabham drove the automobile round to the end with the entrance wing’s dragging in a position to be heard by all watching the race broadcast from residence.
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As Lundqvist picked up the win on monitor, Hunter McElrea and Christian Rasmussen picked up second and third place from Brabham, putting the 2013 Indy Professional 2000 champion provisionally in fourth place.
Brabham was upset with Lundqvist and the 2 had phrases on pit highway after the race in full view of the Peacock broadcast cameras earlier than Brabham spoke with the INDYCAR Radio Community.
“He got here down low and gave me the lane up excessive,” Brabham stated of Lundqvist. “So I used to be like, nicely, you’re gonna give me a full lane up excessive, I’ll take it. So I took the lane up excessive, we acquired straight on the straight after which it’s virtually like he determined, ‘Oh, I made a mistake. Now I want a block.’ And you already know, he stated clearly his spotter cleared him, however we weren’t clear. He simply drove me within the wall. So I don’t know. I imply, I feel clearly that was my race to win, however generally it’s the way it goes.”
Lundqvist maintained that his spotter stated he was clear as he and Brabham headed to the backstretch.
“I feel we have been having a extremely good battle,” Lundqvist instructed TobyChristie.com. “So I used to be trying ahead to it. I acquired just a little bit free in Flip 1 and a pair of, and clearly I sort of assumed that he acquired a run as nicely. After which clearly I heard clear from my spotter to go large, which I did. And sadly I feel we have been simply, you already know, an inch or two too late on it. It’s unlucky, what occurred.”
Race management would have their say after the race, penalizing Lundqvist three positions and handing McElrea the win, the 250th for Andretti Autosport as a corporation. The sequence factors chief misplaced a few of the championship lead he had, and was annoyed with the penalty.
Lundqvist visited race management within the paddock for a number of minutes following the race making an attempt to plead his case and perceive the ruling.
“They have been simply explaining from a rules standpoint how and why the penalty was (utilized),” Lundqvist stated. “Clearly it wasn’t tremendous clear minimize and clearly there’s some distinction in opinions, however it’s what it’s, you already know. Sorry to Brabham as a result of I don’t need it to finish like that. I believed we have been having an excellent battle, however yeah, it’s what it’s.”
Brabham stayed on monitor to try to salvage his place, however not having a working entrance wing meant his tempo can be considerably slower as the ultimate few laps counted down.
“I imply, I used to be driving a Formal Ford on the market,” Brabham stated on pit highway after the race. “I had no entrance grip, so I practically crashed Christian (Rasmussen) simply making an attempt to hold onto it. So I’m glad I didn’t take him out.”
Lundqvist nonetheless leads the Indy Lights factors 383 to 306 over McElrea. Sting Ray Robb is third in factors with 293 factors forward of Brabham (289) and Rasmussen (272). There are 5 races to go within the championship with the following spherical going down on the Nashville road circuit.