LEXINGTON, Ohio — One week after Ed Carpenter nearly gave Tony George his first victory as a team owner in the IndyCar Series, James Davison delivered with a dominating victory for Vision Racing in Sunday’s Firestone Indy Lights Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Davison led all 40 laps to win the Mid-Ohio 100 for the second-straight year. It was Davison’s first victory for Vision and it came five weeks after he gave the team its first pole at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Int’l.
And for George, the founder of the Indy Racing League in 1994 who started Vision Racing in 2005, it was a chance to visit victory lane as a team owner.
“I’m very proud of today’s result by our Firestone Indy Lights People’s Liberation team,” George said. “A lot of hard work went into this by the whole team and James (Davison) all year long and it’s great to be rewarded with such a strong performance. The team and its partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport were very strong this weekend. We just barely missed out on putting all three cars in the top five both yesterday and today. After flirting with a victory last weekend, it’s nice to finally get that first win for our organization.
“It was awesome. We didn’t really have any pressure from behind. The whole team effort was awesome. I’m really happy. The tires started to wear off, losing front grip and rear grip, but it’s the same for everybody. We were able to pull away from the next car behind us, so I gather we were the quickest car on the track.”
James Hinchcliffe was second, 4.042 seconds back for his highest finish in the Indy Lights Series.
“I really thought we got beat yesterday with the way those yellows fell in qualifying, giving James (Davison) the pole there because I really think we had a shot at it,” Hinchcliffe said. “It’s just so tough to pass here. I think we took a couple laps longer to get up to speed, but once we did, the first half of race we were right on his gearbox. I was kind of hoping he would get into a mistake, but I must have used up too much of my tires running around in the dirty air there, so we sort of lost pace there at the end.
“It was still a great day; we finally broke the third-place streak we had going and made it one step higher. Now we’ve got one to go. Three races to do it; one more step to go.”
Firestone Indy Lights point-leader J.R. Hildebrand started and finished third for his eighth top-three finish of the season.
Felipe Guimares finished fourth for Bryan Herta Autosport and Martin Plowman of England rounded out the top five.
Hildebrand leads the point standings by 63 points over Sebastian Saavedra, who finished 18th in the 19-car field after running off course and hitting the turn-12 wall on lap 13.
James Davison, James Hinchcliffe, J.R. Hildebrand, Felipe Guimaraes, Martin Plowman, Daniel Herrington, Andrew Prendeville, Stefan Wilson, Richard Philippe, Gustavo Yacaman, Mike Potekhen, Ana Beatriz, Charlie Kimball, Wade Cunningham, Pippa Mann, Ali Jackson, Mario Romancini, Sebastian Saavedra, Rodrigo Barbosa.