Romancini Dominates Firestone Indy Lites At Milwaukee

WEST ALLIS, WI: San Paulo, Brazil native Mario Romancini made his sixth Indy Lites start a winning one, dominating the Fine Diamonds 100 at the Historic Milwaukee Mile by leading all the way. Veteran J.R. Hildebrand ran in Romancici’s shadow from start to finish, but was never able to challenge the winner.

Pole winner Romancini, who finished third in his last two appearances at Kansas Speedway and Indy, appeared to be on cruse control from the drop of the green flag, making it look easy. Hildebrand in second, and third place Sebastian Saavedra also appeared to be virtually unchallenged throughout the 100 miles.

Behind the top three, however, a battle for fourth position was waged throughout between Gustavo Yacaman, James Davison and Wade Cunningham, who finished in that order behind third place Saaverdra.

There were four yellow flag situations for a total of 17 laps in the 100 miler, which was run in just under 54 minutes. The most serious looking incident occurred on lap 86, when Daniel Herrington appeared to loose control exiting turn 4, slamming the inside wall near the pit entrance with the left side of the car. Herrington was out of the car quickly, apparently uninjured. Earlier, Harrington’s in-car camera showed his nose cone to be loose. Whether this was a factor in the mishap is not clear.

Husar’s House of Fine Diamonds 100
Milwaukee Mile
May 31, 2009
Indy Lights Series Round 6
1. Mario Romancini (R)
2. J.R. Hildebrand
3. Sebastian Saavedra (R)
4. Gustavo Yacaman (R)
5. James Davidson
6. Wade Cunningham
7. James Hinchcliffe (R)
8. Andrew Prendeville
9. Pippa Mann (R)
10. Charlie Kimball (R)
11. Pablo Donoso
12. Rodrigo Barbosa (R)
13. Sergey Mokshantsev (R)
14. Daniel Herrington (R)
15. Martin Plowman (R)
16. Jonathan Summerton (R)

Time of Race: 53:26.8054
Average Speed: 113.945
Lead Changes: 0
Caution Laps: 17

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