Camara corrals first Pro Series win, spins


INDIANAPOLIS – Jaime Camara needs to work on that celebration spin.

Camara started from the pole and won a last-lap shootout for his
first Infiniti Pro Series victory on Friday. Then, smoking his
tires in front of the grandstand along the main straightaway, he
put the car into a spin and inadvertently backed into the inside

It was the only bobble for the 24-year-old Brazilian, who led 33
of the 40 laps in the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor

"I need to gain experience. It's not easy to drive a car out
there. You've got to know what you're doing,'' Camara said.
"Hopefully, if I get a championship at the end of the season, if
everything goes right, I'll try to go to the IndyCar series next

The Infiniti Pro Series, the Indy Racing League's developmental
program, held the event for the first time during the Indy 500's
Carburetion Day.

Wade Cunningham, who was 0.132 second behind Camara, finished
second and took over the series points lead after four of the
season's 14 races. Al Unser, the 22-year-old son of two-time Indy
winner Al Unser Jr. and grandson of four-time winner Al Unser Sr.,
was fourth, losing the third spot on a video review that later showed Jay Drake was ahead.

"In practice and qualifying we were fastest,'' Camara said.
"It was one of those weekends where you can't believe how good
everything was.''

Cunningham started fifth but took the lead on the first lap
after a restart for a crash by Cole Carter. Camara took the lead on
the fifth lap and never lost it for more than one lap at a time the
rest of the race.

"Wade passing me on the first lap surprised me, but I knew I
had a good car and knew I could pass him a lap or two later and
maintain my position,'' Camara said.

His only worry was after the final yellow caution with four laps
to go, when German Quiroga went low into the grass and spun in the
fourth turn. Marco Andretti, son of Michael Andretti and grandson
of Mario Andretti, and Nick Bussell also spun to avoid Quiroga.

"I didn't know if they were going to restart the race,'' Camara
said. "I knew Wade was back there and I was worried he'd have a
run on the front straight and pass me at the finish line. ... He
did it in two or three restarts before that, so I was worried.''

The green flag came out just as the leaders came out of the
final turn and headed toward the finish line and the checkered

"I couldn't believe it. I started screaming on the radio,''
Camara said.

At that point, however, Cunningham already knew he didn't have
enough time to catch Camara.

"We just had a few thousand feet to accelerate,'' he said.
"Coming out of Turn 4, there was no opportunity to make up any

Jay Drake finished fourth and Marty Roth, who also will drive in
the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, was fifth. Mishael Abbott, the
first woman to race in the Infiniti series, finished 11th.

Besides Carter, the only other driver not running at the end was
Rocky Moran Jr., who was knocked out by transmission trouble after
four laps.