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Chaves wins Indy Lights race with last-lap pass

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Gabby Chaves lost by inches last year. He won by a couple feet this time around.

The young driver from Belardi Auto Racing atoned for a heartbreaking defeat last year by passing Matthew Brabham on the final lap Friday to win the Indy Lights race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in one of the closest finishes in the history of the track.

Chaves put the nose of his red No. 5 car ahead of Brabham's blue and white No. 83 as the two cars zipped across the famed yard of bricks. The official margin was 0.0050 seconds, or just about twice margin that separated Chaves from winner Peter Dempsey a year ago in the closest finish in Indianapolis history.

"The best way I can describe it is black and white, night and day," Chaves said. "You go from being first loser and feeling like there's so many things you could have done to being the winner, and it doesn't matter what else happens now. I won the race."

Chaves had spent the final five laps jockeying for second place with Zach Veach, who wound up third. All that jostling appeared to give Brabham some breathing room on the final lap, but Chaves pulled close down the back stretch and then moved high going through the final turn.

It was a drag race to the finish line, and for a moment, Chaves was not sure who had won.

"I looked up at the pylon and I still saw the 83 in first and thought, `Aww, man,'" Chaves said. "It wasn't until I got to turn 1, the short chute, that everyone in the radio was screaming. I said, `I don't know what you're saying but I'm pretty sure the message is clear.'"

Brabham was trying to win for the second time this month at Indianapolis - he won on the road course May 10. And he was trying to do it just days after his grandfather, three-time Formula One champion Sir Jack Brabham, died at his home in Australia at the age of 88.

Veach finished third, followed by Luiz Razia and Jack Harvey.

There was a lengthy caution early in the race when Chase Austin lost control exiting Turn 1 and shot through the short chute. He wound up backing into the point where the SAFER barrier and tire barrier comes together in the corner, his car exploding into pieces.

Austin was moving as he was removed from the wreckage, and a speedway spokesman said he had fractured his left wrist but was awake and alert. Austin was transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation.

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baxmedcomm May 23 2014 at 7:40 PM

Okay, AoL...so where is the story about the car exploding into pieces that was supposed to be on this link? Is anyone paying attention?

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estela92 May 23 2014 at 7:53 PM


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crosleyjon estela92 May 23 2014 at 9:59 PM

Yeah...your right...it's America Off Line now...

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lthrnck68 May 23 2014 at 9:53 PM

Those cars are designed to disintegrate in a crash. Lessens the possiblity of serious injury to the driver[s] involved.

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rtj49 lthrnck68 May 24 2014 at 11:58 AM

Just as Aol disintegrates after the title line.

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Tom Miller May 23 2014 at 10:26 PM

Too bad that an accident is the ONLY reason that the Indy Lights race was covered. A fantastic finish, and a stepping stone to Indy Cars. Just glad the driver wasn't badly injured.

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rtj49 Tom Miller May 24 2014 at 11:59 AM

Tom, you have it right.

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bighill21 May 23 2014 at 9:06 PM

video to come......hey who ate my pretzels

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William May 24 2014 at 10:39 AM

Unless it is a liberal propoganda agenda story they cant get it right.

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Steve William May 24 2014 at 11:28 AM

You're watching WAY too much Fox News. Grow up.

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Jim May 24 2014 at 10:07 AM

Now if the author was actually there, or even watched it on video, he would know that Austin hit head on not "backed" into it. Of course there was no "explosion" (in the normal sense of the word) either.

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Timm Jim May 25 2014 at 5:28 PM

The front of the car hit the tire barrier and then turned around and the back of the car hit the safer barrier wall and the use of the word explosion is correct as well and does not have to involve combustion. Definition of explode: burst or shatter violently and noisily as a result of rapid combustion, decomposition, excessive internal pressure, or other process, typically scattering fragments widely. Just because you do not have the intelligence to comprehend or understand something does not mean the other person is dumber than you. The exact opposite is true.

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Bruce May 24 2014 at 7:34 AM

If I get one more "OOPS!" message from AOL as my computer locks up, I'm going to scream.

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adstith May 24 2014 at 7:10 AM

And not a word about the VA Scandal... . Like Rush says "THE HUFFINGTON PUFFINGTON POST"

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jaspectrum adstith May 24 2014 at 10:50 AM

HUFFINGTON PUFFINGTON POST" lmaoooooooooooooo They do blow a lot of hot air don't they>

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Timm adstith May 25 2014 at 5:47 PM

There have been, and still are, several articles about the VA scandal on AOL. Not all news on AOL is by the Huffington Post. This article is by the AP or Associated Press which is not owned by, nor does it own, AOL or the Huffington Post. The Huffington Post is not even mentioned anywhere on the page except in your comment. I guess no one can expect reasoning from the fan of a druggie.

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cleereyes2 May 24 2014 at 3:05 AM

Indy lights.com. full story with pics :)

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