Gomez Captures First Career Victory in Closest Finish in Indy Racing League History

Rookie driver Logan Gomez held-off a final-lap charge from Indy Pro Series Champion Alex Lloyd to win the Chicagoland 100 Indy Pro Series season-finale race by .0005 of a second to claim his first career victory. This also marked the closest finish in Indy Pro Series and Indy Racing League history.

The margin of victory was good enough to best a previous track record for closest margin of victory in an Indy Pro Series. The previous record was set on Sept. 6, 2003 when Mark Taylor held off runner-up Ed Carpenter by .0170 of a second. Gomez finished seventh in the point standings in his first season.

"I knew (Lloyd would) race me clean, and I did the favor back to him," said Gomez, whose previous best finish was fourth two weeks earlier in the second race at Infineon Raceway. To race side-by-side with somebody like that who is going places is really a great feeling. To beat him is even better."

"It feels great. It's great to go out with a win at the end of the year. I'm looking forward next to running in the Indy Pro Series possibly. You couldn't ask for anything else. We progressed from not finishing races at the beginning of the year to winning a race at the end of the year, so it's just been a steady progression. Hopefully we can start here next year."

Alex Lloyd, who claimed the 2007 Indy Pro Series Championship and set a single-season record with eight victories, finished a close second to his Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate.

"It's a great race for the series to finish up on," Lloyd said. "It's a shame, all the yellows, but I think the final few laps were pretty good. I had just been trying to figure out where I was going to go. I gave myself a little bit of room coming through Turn 1 and 2 to really suck it up and give it a go through 3 and 4. We were almost there. Almost, but not quite."

"But it's great for Logan. I'm so happy for him. He's had a really great year and really been coming on strong. For him to get into Victory Lane is a really great boost for him over the winter and for the start of his next year. I think if he stays here in Indy Pro, he'll be a world championship favorite."

Robbie Pecorari, driver of the No. 13 Cabo Wabo Tequila car claimed a third place finish in the caution-filled 100-mile race.

"We qualified seventh, which was real good for the Cabo Wabo Tequila team and from there we basically worked our way forward," Pecorari said. "Toward the end I made a small mistake going into Turn 3 and that gave the front leaders that gap that we couldn't really make up. But once those two started working together as teammates, we just kind of hung out and finished third."

Bobby Wilson driver of the No. 1 Ocala Gran Prix car finished fourth and Mike Potekhen in the No. 53 Avenue Communities.com car (who started 16th) finished fifth, rounding out the top-five.

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