Max Chilton took his maiden Indy Lights victory around the oval of Iowa on Saturday, with the former Marussia F1 Team driver dedicating his triumph to the memory of his fallen former team-mate Jules Bianchi, who died on Friday.
Chilton led team-mate Ed Jones across the line for a 1-2 finish for the Carlin team, taking the team’s first oval victory in their first season of Indy Lights, with the two drivers having traded places only whilst lapping some of their rivals around the 7/8-mile circuit.
“It was simply perfect,” reflected Chilton afterwards. “The team gave me the car to do it. I had a tricky 10 laps or so in the middle of the race when I got frustrated by traffic, but I know Ed experienced the same. I managed to take the lead again and the car was just great.
“I’d like to thank the team for all their work and once again this is dedicated to Jules as I know he would have driven the perfect race.”
RC Enerson completed the podium for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, while Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser beat Racing Steps Foundation-backed Jack Harvey of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to fourth.