Briton Mark Taylor scored a record setting sixth career Infiniti Pro Series victory in spectacular style at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, passing Ed Carpenter on the run to the chequered flag in a blanket, three-wide finish.

The Fulmar/Panther Racing driver took advantage of a one-lap green flag dash to the finish as he moved to the outside of the AJ Foyt Racing Dallara-Infiniti of Carpenter as the pack roared off turn four for the 67th and final time.

With Jeff Simmons making a daring run on the outside line, Taylor found himself in the middle of a 190mph traffic jam but the former British Formula 3 competitor didn't flinch, crossing the line half a nose ahead of Carpenter, 0.0170-second to be exact.

The two drivers had spent the preceding 66 laps testing each other's weak spots, trading the lead no less than 17 times between them between the day's three caution periods. Although Carpenter led a total of 56 laps to Taylor's eleven, the championship leader and this year's dominant driver by far was ahead when it counted.

Carpenter can console himself that he can make amends in Sunday's Delphi Indy 300 IRL race, where some of the lessons learned today will come in very handy.

Simmons crossed the line in third place, a whopping five hundredths of a second behind Taylor on a day where the top seven finishers crossed the line within seven tenths of a second of one another thanks to the late restart, but also ran in very close formation for much of the day in what is being regarded as one of the best IPS races in its short history.

Arie Luyendyk Jr, Aaron Fike, Cory Witherill and GJ Mennen completed the blanket finish up front, although veteran Gary Peterson and Brazilian Thiago Medeiros also finished on the lead lap in eighth and ninth positions respectively.

Marco Cioci and Paul Dana both emerged uninjured from accidents and were two of only three retirements from the 14-car field.



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