Gustavo Yacaman holds on for win on streets of Toronto Save


July 7, 2012 (Toronto, ON) - Gustavo Yacaman and Sebastian Saavedra used to battle on go-kart tracks in their native Colombia. A decade later, the Firestone Indy Lights drivers battled for the victory on the streets of Exhibition Place.

This time it was Yacaman who prevailed in the Toronto 100 by 2.2874 seconds over Saavedra, who moved from the eighth qualifying position to second.

Pole sitter Victor Carbone finished third, Peter Dempsey posted a season best of fourth and Oliver Webb finished fifth.

It was the second victory of the season for Yacaman, driving the No. 2 TMR-Tuvacol-Xtreme Coil Drilling car, and his third in the past two seasons. He overtook Carbone in Turn 3 of the 1.75-mile, 11-turn circuit on Lap 13 of 50. Saavedra passed Carbone for second a lap later, and the hunt was on.

Yacaman led by .7016 of a second at the halfway mark and by .7255 with 10 laps remaining. Saavedra, who won the race from the pole in 2009 and competed at Toronto in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2011, however, couldn't get any closer.

Esteban Guerrieri and Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate Tristan Vautier made contact exiting Turn 1 of Lap 1, ending the day for Vautier and sending Guerrieri's No. 11 Pistas Argentinas/SSM with Curb-Agajanian car to pit lane to replace the front wing assembly.

Guerrieri rejoined the race in ninth and advanced to sixth at the checkered flag to minimize damage to his championship points lead. With Vautier placing 11th, Guerrieri's margin actually increased from 12 points to 21. Saavedra remains third (32 points back) and Yacaman is fourth (47 points behind).