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Cunningham second on Iowa oval


Kiwi driver Wade Cunningham celebrated his return to the front of the IPS field with pole position, near domination of the race, and a second place finish.

June 25, 2007, 10am. New Zealander Wade Cunningham qualified on pole and finished a very close second in Round 8 of the 2007 Indy Pro Series at the Iowa Speedway on Sunday

Cunningham (22), who won the Indy Pro Series outright in 2005 and finished third last year, led 105 of the 115 laps of the Iowa 100, and crossed the finish line 0.3927 of a second behind series leader Alex Lloyd.

"There were five caution periods and I was able to stay in front at all five re-starts but Alex got me the lap after the last one and once he was in front of me he was a solid two-tenths of a second faster and to be honest, I was struggling to stay in his draft," Cunningham said.

"We did a very good job in traffic and I built a lot of gaps that way, but the cautions caused us to lose that advantage."

Cunningham said it was good to be back at the sharp end of the field; he is now seventh in the series’ points standings.

The other Kiwi in the series, 17-year-old Marc Williams, missed qualifying but worked his way through to finish eighth.

Photo by Fast Company/IPS


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