It’s been a hectic couple of days, but I finally got the photos from Friday’s final practice and the Indy Lights Freedom 100 edited and uploaded. If you missed the Freedom 100 yesterday, you missed a great race and the closest finish in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a finish even closer than Peter Dempsey’s dramatic Fourth-to-First four-wide finish in 2013. Carlin’s Ed Jones, the pole sitter, and Andretti Autosport’s Dean Stoneman fought side-by-side for much of the race, but a late caution brought out by Heamin Choi’s no-contact spin in Turn 2. It was a green-white-checker restart and Jones and Stoneman went through Turns 3 and 4 side-by-side at 190+ mph with Stoneman on the outside. Stoneman was able to carry more momentum out of Turn 4 and win the drag race to the Yard of Bricks by 0.0024 seconds.
[See image gallery at www.formula1blog.com] “This is incredible. A great race which was great to be a part of. Five years ago I was given little chance of living or even driving a car again. To come to Indy and win at this famous circuit has to be up there with my best wins. I have to thank my Andretti team, they are awesome. I also have to thank Bob Stellrecht, who without I wouldn’t be here racing.” — Dean Stoneman, No. 27, Andretti Autosport
The Freedom 100 is always a great race, and this year was no exception. We will have more Indy Lights photos later in the week along with Race Day photos from the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. In the meantime, here are the images from IndyCar’s Monday and Friday practice sessions, and some images of the Indy Lights Freedom 100 including Dean Stoneman celebrating in Victory Lane.