A PODIUM TO FINISH THE INDY LIGHTS SEASON
Max's Race Report
We welcomed a new sponsor for the final round of the Indy Lights Championship at Leguna Seca at the weekend and hosted the team from Skylanders Superchargers. As well as numerous PR and digital campaigns over the weekend Max displayed their logo in prominent positions on his car. On Monday after the race he was with them again taking their guests and invited press for high speed passenger rides around the circuit.
Back on track, it was an eventful and record breaking weekend for Max. He secured pole on Saturday and shattered the Indy Lights track record in the final qualifying session of the day in his newly liveried car, it was a record that had stood since 1997, set by Tony Kanaan.
Speaking about his pole position, Chilton said,
“We had a goal before the session to take double pole so I’m pleased we were able to do that. I haven’t done the whole season so I’m not in contention for the championship so I’ve got nothing to lose, I just want to finish the season on a high with two more race wins. This is an awesome track though, I love it, and it’s testament to the team to come to another new track for them and be quick from the outset.”
On race day Max, after being consistently the fastest driver all weekend, started from pole for the customary rolling start. It was a messy one though with championship contender Jack Harvey making an over enthusiastic start and jumping Chilton who was controlling proceedings. Forced to defend, Max had no choice but to push, and so the race started with him defending from Harvey, which allowed Spencer Pigot and Sean Rayhall into first and second respectively. Somehow, max managed to avoid going off, but was now 3rd. Harvey was later penalised and sent to the back of the field for jumping the start.
However, Max was displaying strong pace throughout, breaking the racing track record previously set by Helio Castroneves on his way to 3rd in the race and finishing the season with another podium to go along with his track breaking records.
“It’s been an up and down year success wise but importantly we’ve shown great potential at every event on the calendar and shown we have a strong package in our first year in America. Winning on the oval at Iowa was a real highlight for me. From a personal perspective this season has given me a real insight into American racing and definitely whetted my appetite for more, so we’ll see what the future holds”.Back