Polesitter Santi Urrutia led flag-to-flag in Sunday’s 35-lap Indy Lights race as the championship took a decided turn in Patricio O’Ward’s favor.
While Urrutia was winning for the second time in 2018, O’Ward was extending his point lead over Colton Herta.
O’Ward finished second Sunday and combined with his victory Saturday and Herta’s crash, he now owns a 18-point lead over the second generation driver.
Herta fractured his left thumb Saturday in qualifying (where he won the pole) and then crashed during the race while running third. On Sunday, he warmed up but started the race form the pit lane, made one lap and pulled in. After Victor Franzoni parked his car, Herta went back out and completed two more laps to finish sixth in the seven-car field.
“Colton is mad at me because he wanted to race but I wouldn’t let him,” said Bryan Herta. “He’s a tough kid and he was game but he just couldn’t steer the car, so I decided it was best to park him.”
The series now moves to Mid-Ohio for a doubleheader.