Chaves beats Brabham by inches in Indy Lights Freedom 100

Gabby BoVj2MhCMAA2757Chaves has taken the Freedom 100 victory by just 0.005 of a second with a last-second, last-turn, last-lap outside pass for the win.

A year ago, he lost by 0.0026 of a second to Peter Dempsey, then driving for Belardi Auto Racing. Now Chaves, driving for Belardi, made the move on Matthew Brabham as they exited Turn 4 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Being in the number 5 car, which beat me last year, now I know he did it,” Chaves told NBCSN’s Jake Query in victory lane. “We had a rough weekend two years ago. To win here, third race of the season. That was just in the right moment in the right position. I tried getting around Zach for second, to save a run for later.

“With a rough last race weekend we had here, I realized, I let the result get to me. I let my passion be driven by results, not the love for the sport. To come in here, you have to have fun, work hard and deliver,” added the Colombian American.

Brabham dominated most of the race but was unable to hold off the final run from Chaves.

Zach Veach finished third with the front row of Luiz Razia and Jack Harvey fourth and fifth.

Unofficially, Chaves and Veach are tied for the points lead with 264, with Razia seven back in third.

The race had one significant accident as Chase Austin lost control of his car exiting Turn 1 and crashed head-on into a tire barrier of the IMS road course.

Austin was diagnosed with a fractured left wrist and transported to Methodist Hospital. But, he was reported awake and alert.

Freedom 100 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Behind Status Laps
1 5 Gabby Chaves Leader Running 40
2 83 Matthew Brabham 0.0050 Running 40
3 26 Zach Veach 0.1446 Running 40
4 7 Luiz Razia 0.2193 Running 40
5 42 Jack Harvey 0.5510 Running 40
6 10 Juan Pablo Garcia 1.2085 Running 40
7 4 Alex Baron 2.0061 Running 40
8 77 Juan Piedrahita 4.6028 Running 40
9 24 Scott Anderson 20.4017 Running 40
10 2 Zack Meyer 28.0510 Running 40
11 0 Chase Austin -26 Laps Contact 14