Sebastian Saavedra (2nd), Tristan Vautier (winner) and Esteban Guerrieri (3rd) - Firestone Indy Lights at Milwaukee Mile. [Russ Lake Photo]
Vautier Wins Firestone Indy Lights 100 at the Milwaukee Mile
by John Atlas
WEST ALLIS, WI: The Man from France, Rookie Tristan Vautier, converted his Pole Position into a well judged victory in Friday's Firestone Indy Lights 100 at The Milwaukee Mile, leading every lap.
Indy 500 vet Sebastian Saavedra held second throughout, but couldn't put a dent in the speedy Frenchman's march to the Winner's Circle.
During the final dozen laps, Saavedra took numerious runs at the leader, but Vautier was equal to every challenge.
Another rookie, sprint car veteran Mike Larrison from Avon, IN, driving for Davey Hamilton's team, was responcible for the first two caution periods. Larrison, who also had light wall contact in a morning practice session, spun in Turn 3 on lap 13, but was able to restart. Finally, Mike couldn't avoid the fence in turn 4 on lap 42, and his race was run.
The final 58 laps ran caution free, with only Larrison failing to complete the event.
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Firestone Indy Lights 100
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Results Friday of the Firestone Indy Lights 100 Firestone Indy Lights Series event on the 1.015 mile Milwaukee Mile, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Tristan Vautier, 100, Running
2. (3) Sebastian Saavedra, 100, Running
3. (6) Esteban Guerrieri, 100, Running
4. (7) David Ostella, 100, Running
5. (4) Carlos Munoz, 100, Running
6. (2) Victor Carbone, 100, Running
7. (10) Alon Day, 100, Running
8. (5) Gustavo Yacaman, 100, Running
9. (11) Jorge Goncalvez, 100, Running
10. (9) Bryan Clauson, 100, Running
11. (12) Juan Pablo Garcia, 99, Running
12. (8) Oliver Webb, 99, Running
13. (13) Mike Larrison, 34, Contact
Winners average speed: 123.337
Time of Race: 00:49:22.6164
Margin of victory: .3370 of a second
Cautions: 2 for 11 laps
Lead changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Vautier 1 -100
Point Standings: Vautier 241, Guerrieri 238, Saavedra 227, Carbone 182, Yacaman 177, Munoz 172, Webb 148, Day 139, Garcia 136, Ostella 122.