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Luke Gabin Overcomes Adversity for Pair of Top-10s

After going through the weeks leading up to the Honda Indy Toronto wondering whether he’d be able to run, Luke Gabin came out of the weekend with a pair of top-10 finishes.

It didn’t start out as planned. An electrical issue prevented Gabin from being able to lay down laps in practice. Despite that, he piloted his JAY Motorsports entry to a fourth-place finish.

“It feels really good,” he told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “There were quite a few yellows and accidents that we just had to keep our nose clean. But I was happy to finish strong.”

Gabin added he wished he would’ve been on the podium, but was dealing with a lot of oversteer throughout the race.

“The concrete patches on the track make it very difficult to get on power,” he continued.

In the second race on the weekend, Gabin didn’t fare as strongly, though put a solid run together en route to finishing 10th.

Before the weekend, Gabin’s plans were up in the air as a result of a lack of sponsorship. His team owner Jay Green put out a plea on Facebook looking for funding.

To go through the uncertainty and come out with a pair of strong finishes to sit fifth in points resulted in a smile on Gabin’s face at the end of the weekend.

“It’s really good,” he said. “We been tight with money all year and I’ve know we’ve had one of the best cars in the paddock. It’s a little disappointing we missed out in practice because that could’ve put us in the top-three position, but it’s amazing to be in the top-five. That’s where I want to be, challenging for the championship.”

Gabin confirmed they’d be able to go to Mid-Ohio as a result of the funding picked up.

“We had a private investor come on board that gave us 90% for this race and 90% for the next race at Mid-Ohio, so it’s looking really good,” he said. “It’s now Laguna that we’re focused on in getting funding to finish off the year. That’s probably the toughest race as it’s so far away and expensive.”

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