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Vision Racing's Drake takes podium honors in Futaba Freedom 100
Vision Racing's Jay Drake earned his first podium finish in Menards Infiniti Pro Series competition as he brought the No. 20 machine across the yard of bricks in the third position at the conclusion of the Futaba Freedom 100. The roar of the engines was almost silenced by Mother Nature as a brief shower brought out the red flag on lap three. The rain held off and the sun came out to shine down once again on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the racing action resumed. "We're really happy with a third place finish this afternoon," Drake said. "The Vision Racing team put together a great effort, and they gave me a great car to drive. Our goal was to put together a really consistent race, and that's exactly what we were able to do. We stayed near the front and put ourselves in a position to possibly win the event. The car was getting better and better as the race went on, and I think that if the end of the race hadn't been so confusing, we would've had a good chance to win. It's also really exciting to get our first podium finish this year." The confusion that Drake refers to is the scenario that played out as the race ended. Three cars spun in turn four, causing the caution to be thrown on lap 37. As the field was given the indication of a restart on lap 39, the green was briefly displayed as the field entered the short chute between turns three and four and was quickly replaced by the caution before the cars exited turn four. As the field crossed the line to score lap 39, the yellow and white flags were displayed simultaneously. Drake was initially scored in fourth place following the checkered flag. When the final decision came down, Drake was awarded third place. It was a strong finish to a solid race for the Vision Racing team. "I want to thank the Vision Racing team for all of their hard work in preparation for this race," Drake said. "It's definitely a confidence booster to know that you're going to drive a car on race day that will be solid and competitive. I'd also like to thank Tony George and his family for the opportunity to compete in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. It has been a great experience thus far, and I'm looking forward to continuing on this season." Drake's third place finish in the Futaba Freedom 100 kicked off a three-race stretch that will take place in only three days. In addition to competing in Friday's Menards Infiniti Pro Series and USAC Silver Crown Series events, Drake will also compete at Eldora Speedway on May 29 in the USAC National Sprint Car Series. Drake's Menards Infiniti Pro Series team is sponsored by Vision Racing and TrulyMovingPictures.org. For more information regarding Drake or Vision Racing, log on to www.jaydrake.com.