Munoz Cruises To Pocono Victory
LONG POND, Pa. – Carlos Munoz reclaimed the Firestone Indy Lights championship points lead by breezing to victory in the Pocono 100 Saturday at Pocono Raceway.
It was the third victory of the season for Munoz, driving the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport, and fifth overall (second on an oval). He’s led all the race laps in the victories. It also was the third victory in five starts from the pole this season for the 21-year-old from Colombia.
Including bonus points for the Sunoco Pole Award and leading the most laps on the 2.5-mile tri-oval, Munoz takes a four-point lead over Sage Karam into the race next week on the streets of Exhibition Place in Toronto.
Behind Munoz, who won by 16.224 seconds, Karam in the No. 8 Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian battled teammate Gabby Chaves for second in the final 10 laps of the caution-free race.
They traded second place four times, with Karam overtaking Chaves’ No. 7 car in turn one on Lap 39. Chaves crossed the finish line .728 of a second behind Karam.
Carlos Munoz, Sage Karam, Gabby Chaves, Zach Veach, Jack Hawksworth, Juan Pablo Garcia, Peter Dempsey, Jorge Goncalvez.