Well the former Force India and Marussia F1 driver has just taken a well-deserved podium and fastest lap today in the second Indy Lights race of the weekend on the Indianapolis road course, with team mate Ed Jones following him home in a strong fourth place. The Carlin men had the odds stacked against them after a messy first lap saw Jones receive contact from Jack Harvey which sent the Brit into a spin and also impaired Chilton’s progress.
After a strong qualifying session and with a disappointing race without Push to Pass yesterday, Jones and Chilton were in a confident mood as they lined up first and third on the grid. However ambitions were soon dashed when Jones was jumped off the start by Sean Rayhall and shortly after was tapped into a spin by Jack Harvey. Close behind, Chilton had to take avoiding action to miss his team mate, losing several positions himself. Managing to recover, Jones found himself at the back of the field with Chilton in ninth as the field pulled away ahead of them.
Determined to make the most of their pace though, Chilton and Jones started a long comeback, gradually making their way through the field. After making quick progress, Chilton then found himself behind Kyle Kaiser for several laps, but once past the Carlin man streaked ahead setting fastest lap after fastest lap.
Having seen his team mate make progress, Jones followed Chilton past Kaiser a few corners later and the duo set off to close in on the leaders. Showing strong pace, Chilton and Jones were making progress but were quickly running out of laps to make up further positions. However, an issue for Harvey with one lap to go led to the SPM driver dropping down the order with Chilton sweeping through to take third place and Jones recovering to fourth.
Chilton also took the prize for fastest lap of the race, whilst points for fourth was enough to hand Jones back the championship lead.