PLYMOUTH, Wisc — Heading into the doubleheader weekend in Road America, the fight for the Indy Lights championship was as intense as any other series around the world. Three drivers were separated by four points with the third driver in the standings, Kyle Kirkwood, coming on hot.
Kirkwood, swept both races last weekend on the streets of Belle Isle and turned that into a victory on Saturday in the opening of two races in Elkhart Lake. He charged back to four points down entering this weekend to eight points up by virtue of three straight victories.
The Andretti Autosport driver was the favorite to beat again on Sunday. He was 5-for-5 at Road America with all five of his wins coming off the pole. Also, he became the all time winningest Road to Indy driver yesterday too with his 25th career win.
He rolled off third for Sunday’s race.
Instead of him extending his lead though, he lost points and comes back to third in the standings. Kirkwood, dropped to the back of the field on Lap 7 when he went off track and suffered some damage. He’d finish 12th as a result.
The only reason he wasn’t last in the 13 car field was due to Toby Sowery, the fourth place driver in the standings, crashing out on Lap 2 when he and Alex Peroni collided on track. Sowery, would finish 13th and fall from 55 points down to 64.
That allowed David Malukas to regain the points lead as he lost it in Detroit. Malukas, started second but made a big move on pole sitter Danial Frost on the opening lap for the top spot. He’d lead all 20 laps en route to his fourth victory of the season.
Malukas, held onto the points lead early on in the season on the heels of five podiums in the first six races. He was fifth and third respectively last weekend in Belle Isle, then seventh in Race 1 on Saturday.
But, combine Kirkwood’s 12th place result on Sunday and Linus Lundqvist finishing fourth in Race 1 and fifth in Race 2, Malukas jumped back up to the lead as he went from one point down to eight points up.
Lundqvist and Kirkwood are both eight points down now.
Robert Megennis finished third on Saturday and runner-up on Sunday. He came from the fifth place starting spot to finish 4.5886-seconds behind Malukas.
Frost, fell to third for his second podium of the season. Peroni, came back to finish fourth while Lundqvist rounded out the top five.
They’ll get a week off next weekend before returning to action in Mid-Ohio in two weeks.