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Legacy Indy Lights 100

Birmingham, AL
07 Apr Race Complete
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Track
Race Review

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Carlos Munoz didn't want a St. Pete repeat.

The second-year Andretti Autosport driver, who earned the Sunoco Pole Award for the season-opening race March 23 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., saw his goal of getting out to a quick start in the championship dashed because of a mechanical issue that relegated the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car to seventh place.

Advance to Barber Motorsports Park, where Munoz again was dominant through qualifications -- topping the time chart in each practice session and earning his second consecutive pole start. He then cruised to victory in the 40-lap Legacy Indy Lights 100.

Jack Hawksworth, the St. Petersburg race winner, was 5.0684 seconds behind in second in the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian car. Teammates Gabby Chaves and Sage Karam followed. Jorge Goncalvez was fifth in the No. 4 Belardi Auto Racing car.

"It was a long ways for me, no laps not fighting," said Munoz, who qualified third but finished 14th (contact) at Barber last April. "I was going by a lap, just putting some goals.  It's easy to lose concentration when you're on your own. I was trying to push all the laps and maintain the same gap compared to Jack."

Munoz, who won the final race of 2012 at Auto Club Speedway, has led at least one lap in each of the past three races bridging the two seasons. He moved to 11 points of championship leader Hawksworth heading to the race on the streets of Long Beach, Calif., in two weeks.

"A lot of points on the books, which is always good," said Hawksworth, the 2012 Star Mazda champion. "It's a testament to the team for doing a good job over the winter.  We were able to get the most out of the weekend that we could. Didn't seem to quite have the speed just yet, but we'll have to work hard now for Long Beach. We'll come back at Long Beach and whatever is on the table we'll go get."

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
About the Track
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Track

Track Info

The 2.38-mile permanent road course has 17 flowing turns and features 80 feet of elevation change that challenge drivers and engineers. A 45-foot-wide racing ribbon also makes it imperative for patience while setting up overtaking opportunities.

Past Track Winners

2013 Carlos Munoz
2012 Sebastian Saavedra
2011 Victor Garcia
2010 JK Vernay

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