History was made in the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race as Replay XD drivers went for the glory and ended up having the closest-ever finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Team Replay XD was stacked out on the track with Gabby Chavez, Sage Karam, Carlos Munoz, and Zach Veach taking the lineup of competition ready to battle-it-out towards the checkered flag. The race was full of excitement keeping spectators on their feet while chase for the top position was underway down the stretch.
Sage Karam led the first 12 laps. He ran second for much of the rest of the race, before fading to third down the stretch. Gabby Chavez was holding off Peter Dempsey from the pass as he pulled from fourth place down into the final lap. Gabby held his position but Dempsey squeezed through and pulled out front taking the lead. With the field of drivers nearly stacked in formation coming out of turn 4 towards the checkered flag, the margin of the finish was .0026 of a second — the closest on an oval in the 100-plus-year history of the Speedway! Team Replay XD finished off the day with Gabby in 2nd, Sage in 3rd, Carlos in 4th, and Zach in 5th!
Congratulations to all your accomplishments and an amazing race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
Gabby Chaves (No. 7 Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian): “A couple of feet more, and this would have been my race. I did everything I could up until then. I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep for a couple of nights before I can let it go. I was just sitting there waiting for my moment.”
Sage Karam (No. 8 Schmidt Peterson c/w Curb-Agajanian): “The whole race I just put myself into position to win it. I was going to make a move in Turn 3 to win it. I was on his attenuator the whole race. I popped high and just couldn’t hold it. I just couldn’t get the momentum. Great race, great finish. It was such a strategic race.”
Zach Veach (No. 12 K12/Andretti Autosport): “I had a beautiful view of the finish; I just wish I was a little closer to it. The first 20 laps, the car was really good. I had enough tools in the car to adjust it and take it where I needed. The last 20 laps, I was out of adjustment on everything I had on the car. From that point on, I was just hanging onto a loose race car at Indy. I stayed in the draft through the last 15 laps, but with five to go, I started falling back. I couldn’t do anything to bring the car back to life. At that point, it was either push harder and crash the car or take home what we had. It was a good run for us. We’ll get them back on the short ovals.”