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Team E's Bobby Wilson OverPowers Field at The Mile
June 01, 2008

by Allan Brewer
allan@indyproracer.com

Plop!

Plop!

Fizz, fizz….

Oh what a relief it is.

Such an easy thing to do, all those bubbles to the rescue.

Plop plop, fizz fizz. Oh what a relief it is.

I don’t know what’s in it, but it starts working in a minute.

Plop plop, fizz fizz. Oh what a relief it is.

Team E’s hometown hero Bobby Wilson provided the fast, fast, fast relief when it counted on Sunday (June 1st), racing to the rescue with an effervescent run to the finish that put all the heartburn of his first-year team’s slow start to rest.

Prior to the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin native’s win at The Mile’s oval today Wilson would be challenged to find anything good about the diet of double-digit finishes he’d suffered to date: a seventeenth at Homestead, twenty-second at St Petersburg race one and twenty-first at St Pete race two.

Lagging in points and in earnings, the likeable twenty-six year old racer had never been party to such a heartburn-inducing string of finishes in his career. It was a tough pill to swallow, and the relief was apparent when Bobby found himself standing on the Firestone Indy Lights Milwaukee 100 podium with the fine champagne in his arms.

Wilson swapped places with pole-sitter Pablo Donoso of Team Moore Racing on the thirteenth of one hundred laps and was never headed. Bobby went two-wide with the Chilean driver in Turn 3, then stretched his margin to over two seconds within three laps. At times Wilson drove as though the royal blue No. 17 Dallara were on cruise control, smoothly roaming around and through the field at will.

“I’m glad to win my hometown race and get the first win for Team E in the Indy Lights Series,” Bobby said afterwards. “We worked hard on setup for this race to make sure we were competitive. I’m happy for my team and for myself. I was getting pretty frustrated earlier this year.”

Second-place Jeff Simmons (also driving for Team Moore) closed the gap at the race’s checkered flag as both drivers encountered heavy traffic at the rear of the lead lap, but the composed Wisconsin knew he had the right prescription for a win at his home track today.

“I didn’t want to make any mistakes and lose time,” said Wilson of his heady drive from start to finish. “I knew I was fast but if I lost time Jeff could have caught up. I knew if I hung in there I would be okay.”