Yacaman Gets First Victory In 39 Starts

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Gustavo Yacaman enjoys his first Firestone Indy Lights victory Sunday at the Baltimore Grand Prix. (IndyCar photo)
Gustavo Yacaman enjoys his first Firestone Indy Lights victory Sunday at the Baltimore Grand Prix. (IndyCar photo)

BALTIMORE — Gustavo Yacaman won Sunday’s Firestone Indy Lights race at the Baltimore Grand Prix. It was his first victory in 39 career starts.

Yacaman started third in the No. 2 TMR-Tuvacol-Xtreme Oil Drilling and was running second when he inherited the lead on a lap-31 restart when race leader Anders Krohn overshot the tight Turn 1 right-hander and slid into the runoff. Yacaman then had to hold off series championship points leader Josef Newgarden, who closed to 0.4500 of a second at the checkered flag.

“This is an amazing feeling and I hope we can do this again,” said the 20-year-old from Colombia. “I want to thank my team. They did just an amazing job to put this car together. I made a mistake early on (spin that dropped him three spots) but I was able to fight back.”

Yacaman, who recorded his third consecutive top-five finish, is the sixth different winner this season.

Josef Newgarden finished second in his Sam Schmidt machine and increased his lead over teammate Esteban Guerrieri to 90 points with two races remaining.

“We’re focused on the championship,” he said. “I would like to have another win for us but that is a great way to rebound after having a very tough time on Saturday. I was really disappointed with how qualifying went. To finish off the weekend like this hopefully can help us at the end of the year.”

Victor Carbone finished a season-best third in the No. 3 Nevoni/SSS casr and Bruno Andrade advanced eight positions to finish fourth in the No. 29 Bryan Herta Autosport entry.

Stefan Wilson in the No. 5 Andretti Autosport car recovered from an adventure in the Turn 1 runoff on Lap 18 while running seventh to finish fifth.