Jul 6, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT
WARNING: Today’s Firestone Indy Lights Pocono 100 from Pocono Raceway will be broadcast Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. If you don’t want to know who won the seventh round of the 2013 Lights championship until Friday night, we advise that you do not read any further.
Indianapolis 500 runner-up Carlos Munoz is back at the top of the Firestone Indy Lights championship after claiming his third victory of the season at Pocono Raceway, leading wire-to-wire to win the Pocono 100 over his American title rival, Sage Karam.
Munoz started on the pole and quickly put a massive gap between himself and the rest of the field. With no yellows to bunch up the field, the Colombian went on to take the checkered flag by a whopping 16.4 seconds over Karam, who grabbed second place from Gabby Chaves with two laps remaining in the 40-lap event.
For Munoz, victory at Pocono was a relief after suffering through poor outings in the last two events at Milwaukee and Iowa, both of which Karam won.
“It’s nice to be back into victory after tough weekends in Iowa and Milwaukee,” said Munoz, who took a four-point lead over Karam in the championship. “I knew if I could get a little bit of a gap from second, I could pull away because I was really fast all weekend. A consistent race, and I didn’t make any mistakes.
“I knew I had a great car to be alone. Yesterday [in the Open Test], I was not happy in traffic. But we made a few changes this morning. I knew if I was alone, I could make a gap.”
Karam, who was looking to win in front of his home crowd, said that he and Chaves attempted to reel in Munoz by running in lockstep. But he quickly realized that it was an impossible task.
“We tried,” said Karam. “[Chaves and I] stayed nose to tail for 30 laps, hoping that was going to do it. It should have. We should have been able to catch him. But we couldn’t. He was so fast. We knew after Lap 1 it was going to be no chance.”
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