INDIANAPOLIS — The third Brickyard Grand Prix lasted two hours and 45 minutes and saw cars turn 108 laps.
But it took just one corner to set the stage for the race.
Polesitter Scott Sharp fell back, rookie Sage Karam went into the grass, and Christian Fittipaldi’s Corvette threaded the needle to go from fourth position to the lead by the second time he turned the wheel.
Fittipaldi and teammate Joao Barbosa dominated the race, yielding the lead only briefly, winning the third sports car race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They won by a 48.964-second margin over second-place Karam and Scott Pruett.
Barbosa was able to stretch the final fuel stint for the race’s last 40 laps – all of which were run under green – while his competitors had to pit, turning what had been a five-second advantage into one that stretched to nearly a minute.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling winning here for the first time in Indy,” Barbosa said. “Being able to kiss the bricks is special. It’s unbelievable the work put into this weekend. We were prepared and we executed everything this weekend and it paid off. It’s such a tight series, it’s very competitive. We need everything to be perfect, and that’s what we did today.”