Peter Dempsey took the win in an extraordinary four-wide finish to the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Irishman was sitting in fourth and just barely hanging on to the leaders at the start of the final lap, but he and Gabby Chaves both got a great run on lead pair Carlos Munoz and Sage Karam coming out of the final corner. They were four wide as they approached the finish line, with Belardi driver Dempsey hanging to the outside and just getting his nose across the line first to take the win by a mere 0.0026 of a second.
Chavez was second ahead of Schmidt teammate Karam and Andretti racer Munoz.
"I've got to compliment the drivers. We all raced each other so fair, and that's what racing is about for me. So hats off to the other three guys," said Dempsey. "They could have put me into the wall there coming to the line, but fortunately they left me just enough room to squeeze by.
"That's exactly what the series needed, is a good finish here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You're not going to get it better than four wide across the line. I can't complain about an Irishman coming across there first."
Until the final corner, the race had been all about the Munoz and Karam battle. The latter had started from pole, but Munoz was clamped to his rear from the opening lap and ducked out of the slipstream to take the lead on lap 12. He was unable to shake Karam off, though, and there was only a sliver of daylight between the pair during the race.
Chaves also flirted with the idea of attacking the lead duo at one point, but lost touch before he had a proper chance.
"I had a really good momentum coming off of (Turn) 2, and I just used that to go around him on the outside. It was three wide. I thought it was going to be three wide to the finish, and all of a sudden here comes Peter and I'm thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, how can I make my car wider?'"
Title contender Jack Hawksworth was one of only two retirees; the Briton falling out of the race after glancing the wall at Turn 4. Earlier, Kyle O'Gara lost control and hit the barrier at the same corner.
1. (3) Peter Dempsey, 40, Running
2. (4) Gabby Chaves, 40, Running
3. (1) Sage Karam, 40, Running
4. (2) Carlos Munoz, 40, Running
5. (6) Zach Veach, 40, Running
6. (10) Jorge Goncalvez, 40, Running
7. (11) Jimmy Simpson, 40, Running
8. (9) Chase Austin, 40, Running
9. (7) Juan Pablo Garcia, 40, Running
10. (5) Jack Hawksworth, 14, Accident
11. (8) Kyle O'Gara, 2, Accident