Peter Dempsey Takes Win In 4 Wide Indy Lights Finish
Peter Dempsey trailing on the exit of Turn 4 of the final lap of the Firestone Freedom 100, Carlos Munoz, Sage Karam and Gabby Chavez were racing side by side to the start-finish of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Suddenly, Peter Dempsey found a seam close to the outside wall. A bobble and the No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing car crashes before completing the 40-lap race. But spotter Stefan Wilson told him to go for it, Dempsey kept it straight and surged even with Chaves’ No. 7 Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian car yards from the checkered flag at 190 mph.
The 27-year-old native of Ashbourne, Ireland, immediately knew he had won the marquee race of the Firestone Indy Lights season, raising his left hand off the steering wheel, though it was a photo finish. The margin of victory was .0026 of a second — the closest on an oval in the 100-plus-year history of the Speedway.