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Owner Sam Schmidt has a big day in Baltimore, team wins the Indy Lights and IndyCar race

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Baltimore, MD – Sam Schmidt has swept both IndyCar races at the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Jack Hawksworth won in the Firestone Indy Lights race in the Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports car. Then nearly 3 hours later, Simon Pagenaud won in the Sam Schmidt Racing IndyCar.

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports driver Simon Pagenaud drives down the front stretch en route to winning the Grand Prix of Baltimore
Simon Pagenaud drives down the front stretch en route to winning the Grand Prix of Baltimore (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

This is the third different team and driver to win the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Ryan Hunter-Reay with Andretti Autosport and Will Power with Team Penske won the previous two races in the streets of Baltimore.

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Pagenaud now has two wins in his career, as they both came this season. Besides today’s win, he also won at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit in Race 1 on June 1st.

Josef Newgarden and Sébastien Bourdais finished on the podium. Newgarden finished in second place, while Bourdais finished in third.

Newgarden also finished second in the inaugural Indy Lights race at the 2011 Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Justin Wilson and Simona de Silvestra finished in the Top 5. Wilson was fourth, while de Silvestra was fifth.

Charlie Kimball would finish sixth before James Hinchliffe finished in seventh place. Sebastián Saavedra, Hélio Castroneves, and Marco Andretti would round out the top 10.

Andretti was the last driver on the lead lap. After him, Tristan Vautiér, Oriol Servià, E.J. Viso, and Ed Carpenter all finished 1 lap down.

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Tony Kanaan finished two laps down, while Stefan Wilson was three laps down. Graham Rahal ended up 7 laps down, and Will Power, who won the inaugural race in 2011, was 8 laps down.

Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports driver Simon Pagenaud poses with his car owner Sam Schmidt after winning the Grand Prix of Baltimore
Simon Pagenaud poses with his car owner Sam Schmidt after winning the Grand Prix of Baltimore (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

There were six drivers, who were out after mechanical issues or crashes. Three of them were big-name drivers, as Scott Dixon finished 19th with 23 laps down.

Hunter-Reay finished 33 laps down and finished in the 20th spot. Coming into the race, Dixon was 2nd and Hunter-Reay was 3rd in the points standings.

Now, unofficially, Dixon is still second with 452 points to Castroneves, who has 501 points. Hunter-Reay dropped to 5th place with 427 points.

In the final four, Dario Franchitti finished 21st, while Luca Filippi finished 22nd. James Jakes and Takuma Sato rounded out the drivers, finishing 23rd and 24th respectively.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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