“When Gerster challenged me that one time on the restart I realized I had to do my starts a little bit different,” Helberg said. “He was able to get a big run on me and that’s usually what I get to do with my big Mopar engine, but we had the small engine in and I really had to keep my momentum going so I could get up off the corners, especially on the restarts.”
Gerster, pilot of the RAM Engineering 50m machine, knew that he had to go after Helberg on the restarts, one in particular on lap 23 that was his best shot to get by the reigning champion.
“I was just trying to get down underneath him on that one restart there when he left the bottom open, try to get in some clean air and let him know I was there,” Gerster said. “But you’re not going to mess with him too much because he’s such a good driver, sometimes though, if you get somebody out of the groove they wanna be in, who knows maybe they make a mistake and you take advantage. I had plenty of restarts to take advantage, but that was really the only shot I had at him.”
Defending race winner Brian Olson came home third in the IndyRacing Experience, Edwards Transmission machine, while Jacob Wilson finished fourth and Aaron Pierce overcame an early race spin to charge from the back in the Sam Pierce Cheverolet ride to finish fifth.
Heats were won by Troy DeCaire, Aaron Pierce and Jimmy Kite, while Jacob Wilson claimed the 10 lap B-Main. Jerry Caryer and Shane Butler were added to the feature field as promoters options.