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Indy Lights: Gabby Chaves takes maiden victory

Gabby Chaves (Schmidt Peterson) won his first ever Indy Lights race Sunday after leading every lap on the Mid-Ohio road course.

Chaves, who was starting from pole position, maintained his lead right from the start and, soon enough, was able to build a gap of more than three seconds between himself and Peter Dempsey only to see the safety car make an appearance with only four laps to go.

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Gabby Chaves. (Photo: IndyCar)

Once again, Chaves was forced to defend his lead on the restart but, despite pressure from Dempsey, the Colombian held on to cross the line 0.3s ahead.

Jack Hawksworth survived a tight battle for third while series’ leader Carlos Munoz finished fourth in front of Zach Veach.

Results - 40 laps:
Pos  Driver  Team  Time/Gap
1. Gabby Chaves  Schmidt   52m22.5112s
2. Peter Dempsey  Belardi   +0.3508s
3. Jack Hawksworth  Schmidt   +1.6782s
4. Carlos Muoz  Andretti  +2.3369s
5. Zach Veach  Andretti   +2.5952s
6. Juan Pablo Garcia  Moore   +3.5719s
7. Axcil Jefferies  Herta  +4.2458s
8. Sage Karam  Schmidt   +4.9242s
9. Jorge Goncalvez  Belardi  +5.4682s
10. Matthew Di Leo  MDL/Dragffy   +7.2483s
11. Giancarlo Serenelli  Belardi   +2 laps