Pedersen survives bumpy race and wins first Indy Lights in Portland

Pedersen survives bumpy race and wins first Indy Lights in Portland
Pedersen survives bumpy race and wins first Indy Lights in Portland

Benjamin Pedersen won his first Indy Lights in Portland

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American Benjamin Pedersen survived a bumpy race and won the Indy Lights for the first time in his career. The HMD rider led all 35 laps in Portland and ended the stage less than a second ahead of Andretti’s Australian Matthew Brabham. Championship leader Linus Lundqvist completed the podium in the third-to-last race of the 2022 season.

Abel Motorsports’ Jacob Abel was fourth, ahead of the Andretti trio of Hunter McElrea, Sting Ray Robb and Christian Rasmussen. Ernie Francis Jr., Kyffin Simpson and Daniel Frost rounded out the top ten.

Starting on pole position for the first time this year, Pedersen started well and kept the lead ahead of Danial Frost, who started in second. Matthew Brabham jumped from sixth to fourth, passing Linus Lundqvist, while Sting Ray Robb dropped from fifth to eighth.

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Linus Lundqvist is very close to confirming the Indy Lights title (Photo: IndyCar)

Still on the first lap, the yellow flag was triggered after a touch between rookie Flinn Lazier and Christian Bogle, which ended with Lazier abandoning the race and Bogle stopped in the pits. The race restarted on lap 5, with a strong fight for second place between Frost, Christian Rasmussen and Matthew Brabham.

The three battled for a good part of the lap, until, at turns 10 and 11, the Singaporean driver ended up crashing hard into the tire protection barrier, triggering the yellow flag again. Christian also escaped the track, but managed to come back and dropped to ninth at the end of the pack.

The race finally resumed on lap 16 after a long break to repair the tire barrier in the run-off area of ​​turn 11. Rasmussen started a recovery race overtaking Kyffin Simpson and taking eighth position. The race saw no further changes in the top five and Pedersen crossed the line without pressure from Brabham to win in Portland.

With the result, Lundqvist remains at the top with 515 points, with a 103 advantage over Brabham in second, the only driver who still has a mathematical chance of taking the title from the Swede. Indy Lights returns next weekend for the final two races of the 2022 season at Laguna Seca.


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