INDIANAPOLIS, May 25, 2012 Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt has often said, "A.J. Foyt didn't make Indianapolis; Indianapolis made A.J. Foyt."
That same sentiment is also shared by Sam Schmidt and his Sam Schmidt Motorsports team. Though he has now won 49 Firestone Indy Lights races as a car owner, Schmidt will tell you his team's accomplishments at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) are the most important to him and his successful organization.
Guerrieri's victory Friday also put an exclamation on the strong start to the 2012 season that SSM has seen. Along with his teammate Tristan Vautier, Guerrieri has finished on the podium (top three) in all four Firestone Indy Lights series races so far this season.
This Firestone Freedom 100 is the fifth career Firestone Indy Lights victory for Esteban Guerrieri and his second victory this season. He also won the most recent event in Long Beach, Calif.
Vautier finished third in his first race at IMS while Carbone finished sixth after fading from the lead pack. SSM's Oliver Webb finished 15th after a five-car crash eliminated him on Lap 4.
Three of the race leaders were SSM drivers. Carbone led 25 laps after taking the lead from Yacaman on Lap 2. He led until Lap 27 when Vautier took over. The Frenchman led for 11 laps. It was Guerrieri's daring outside pass of Vautier and Carlos Munoz, who finished second, that brought him Guerrieri the victory. He led the final three laps.
With his win, Guerrieri leads the Firestone Indy Lights championship with 177 points over teammate Tristan Vautier, who
has 163 points. Team AFS driver Sebastian Saavedra is third with 159 points, while SSM's' Victor Carbone is fourth with 122 points. Team Moore's Gustavo Yacaman rounds out the top five with 113 points.
The next Firestone Indy Lights race is Saturday, June 2, part of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.