Indy 500 Carb Day - Close
After that amazing Lights finish, Carlos Munoz admitted that he had thought about lifting and letting Sage Karam into the lead - he did not think leading on the last lap was going to be the right plan.
He had to lift a little bit in the last corner to not hit Sage Karam - probably the exact wrong time to lift, but no other option at that point.
Munoz is still focused on the Lights championship and advancing up to INDYCAR - he actually didn't seem too upset about losing that close of a race.
It did tighten up the championship, as the three cars in front of him were all championship contenders. He has a 27 point lead over Peter Dempsey, 28 point lead over Gabby Chaves, and a 29 point lead over Sage Karam. Jack Hawksworth, who came into the race in second, is now fifth and 35 points behind Munoz.
Both Gabby Chaves and Sage Karam thought they were in the right place on the last lap - Karam had been hoping to be in second place, while Chaves had been saving his tires for the last lap the entire time. Chaves was not lifting on the last lap as he made matters three-wide, and he probably thought he was fine until he saw Dempsey coming up in his mirrors.
Karam - in the middle - could feel his car moving back and forth from the wind off the other two cars. He tried downshifting to fifth unsuccessfully, then saw Dempsey in his mirrors and said "Oh my gosh, I'm going to get third".
Karam and Chaves live in the same apartment complex, so Sage joked their neighbors would be kept awake by the sound of each of them crying themselves to sleep. Both were still frustrated to come so close and to lose.
Rapid Rookie Munoz Tops Practice For Indianapolis 500
Rookie Carlos Munoz topped the speed chart for the second time during the month of May as team's geared up for "Fast Friday" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Munoz, the Firestone Indy Lights point leader, set the fastest lap of the month, so far, with a lap of 225.163 mph (39.9711 seconds) in the No. 26 Unistraw Chevrolet. The lap topped the previous best of the month by Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti (225.100 mph).
Andretti, driving the No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet, was third on the day (224.882 mph) as Andretti Autosport swept the top three. Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was second (225.006) in the No. 1 DHL car.
Day 6 of on-track activity also featured 33 drivers for the first time as 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier made his maiden appearance in the No. 91 Lazier Partners Racing car. He contributed three install laps to the 2,227 total logged during the humid six-hour session. Lazier will participate in a refresher course before the track opens for practice at noon (ET) May 17.
Rookie Conor Daly brought out the yellow flag for the first incident of the month when the No. 41 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing made contact with the SAFER Barrier exiting Turn 1 midway through the session. He was checked at the infield care center and cleared to drive.