Christian Brooks and the Exclusive Autosport team had an almost perfect weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg. The USF2000 Championship of Cooper Tires won two victories today on the irreconcilable 1.8-mile road course and after the first two races of the season last weekend in Alabama rose from fifth place in the points table to an already noticeable point advantage. </ Brooks of Santa Clarita, California was followed in a race home this morning by Matt Round-Garrido, an exclusive Autosport teammate from Stourbridge, England. Barber Motorsports Park race winner Yuven Sundaramoorthy of Delafield, Wisconsin finished third for Pabst Racing.
Brooks had to work much harder tonight, overtaking Brazilian pole sitter Kiko Porto shortly after a late restart and holding on to get a close victory. The podium was completed by Michael d’Orlando of Hartsdale, New York, who made an incredible comeback for Cape Motorsports after a terrifying accident in the previous race.
“This is the best weekend of my life,” said Brooks. “It’s incredible to be the front runner and a back-to-back winner after such a tough weekend at Barber.” I can’t thank Exclusive Autosport enough, the car was on the rails all weekend. It was a great first race with my teammate Matt. With a man like that behind you, you can’t go wrong and it was great to bring home a one-two. And in the second race it was a great relief to get past Kiko. He’s such a fast driver and not easy to overtake so I wasn’t sure I would be able to do that. But when I got back from that yellow it was the best restart I’ve ever made and I was able to take advantage of a little mistake he made. I was in the right place at the right time and the car was amazing. It’s my third win in St. Pete and I think experience here really helps my confidence. I know where to go when I restart, what space I need in turn one, how cold the tires are and how much I can push. The car was so good, I don’t think anyone had anything for us today. “
At the USF2000 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, presented by Andersen RacePark, Brooks used his Cooper Tires Pole Award, presented in qualifying yesterday, to fend off team-mate Round-Garrido and achieve an impressive one-two for the Canadian Team.
“It feels great to be on the podium thanks to all the guys from Exclusive Autosport,” said Round-Garrido. “It was such a last minute deal and since Barber didn’t go that well, it’s a nice recovery. So that the team could give us such fast cars, we could only repay them with a one-two victory. Congratulations to Christian, who drove a great race. I put him under pressure throughout the race and he persevered , great drive from him. ”
Unfortunately, the race was also notable for a number of incidents that required several precautionary measures along the way and even a break in the red flag I did. The 26-car field managed to tackle difficult Turn One relatively neatly, with only one crank to rejoin, but there was carnage around the lap later when six cars tangled up at Turn Seven.The restart wasn’t any better when New York and longtime karting friends d’Orlando and Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport) met at Turn One and put d’Orlando on a wild ride that ended with his car on the side .
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The race finally ended under yellow with the two exclusive cars chased home from Sundaramoorthy, who finished third early and then dropped to sixth before settling for the Way back on the podium.
“I made this a lot harder than it had to be and fell back on the restart when d’Orlando and Green got together,” said Sundaramoorthy. “I’m glad to hear that all the guys who crashed are fine, but that one happened right in front of me and it was really scary. But in the end I did a quick lap so I know we were the fastest car There were just too many yellows to catch the Exclusives. “
New Zealand Formula Ford 1600 Champion Billy Frazier kept his nose clean and finished fourth ahead of Porto.
Rookie Grant Palmer of St. Charles, Missouri, finished a memorable race for Exclusive Autosport by moving from 25th on the grid to 13th to win the Tilton Hard Charger Award.
Porto benefited perfectly from winning the Cooper Tire Pole Award during a second qualifying on Friday, as it confidently led the start of the USF2000 St. Petersburg Grand Prix presented by Andersen Interior Contracting, which coincidentally had won the USF2000’s last visit to the St raced Floridas at the end of last season and captured their first straight wins.
Kent Vacarro, Trey Burke, Erik Evans, Peter Vodanovich and Nolan Siegel were all involved in the incident in Round 7!
Porto was eager to claim its second win and seemed to do so despite the best efforts of Brooks, who apparently stayed tied to its rear wing for most of a thrilling 20 lap race.
“It was so windy out there that we really had to make some adjustments during the race, “said Porto. “When the yellow came out I tried to cool my tires down but I didn’t get them warm enough when we turned green again. When I turned on the power when I restarted, the car didn’t have good front traction and I had just enough understeer braking when Christian got out. I am not too disappointed, but I know we can do more. We are now second in the championship and will continue to push the rest of the races. “
Round-Garrido and d ‘ Orlando led the chase until Myles Rowe (Force Indy) of New York, New York showed up after a couple of incisive passports. Unfortunately, Rowe lost a few places when an attempt to overtake Round-Garrido at Turn 1 failed. Three turns later he released his brakes a little late and accidentally knocked an innocent Sundaramoorthy against the wall. Rowe was also eliminated in the incident which prompted full caution.
Brooks took full advantage of the restart by pressuring Porto on Turn One. Brooks prevailed as the Brazilian ran far, then held off a late attack and won just 0.3581 seconds, securing a second PFC Award of the day for Michael Duncalfe as the winner of the winning team.
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Round-Garrido looked like another podium until d’Orlando picked up a textbook pass on the final lap at Turn One to secure his first top three of the season.
“It was such an emotional roller coaster ride,” said d’Orlando. “In the first race I was third with Josh Green behind me and he did the inside pull and we collided, which made me turn around. So it’s pretty good to be third on my head in race two after the first race on my head! It’s been an uphill battle with Matt, with all his experience he’s a tough guy. You never know who will be ahead. He made some good moves and pushed hard into the corners, but on the final lap I went in and was able to get it to work. “
Californian Prescott Campbell (DEForce Racing) came to Florida as the points leader and ended a disappointing weekend with an upward trend, working his way up from 16th on the grid to ninth and securing the Tilton Hard Charger Award. < After starting their season with four races in eight days, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship contestants will now take a three-week break before heading to a triple-header event on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course in Indiana as part of the NTT IndyCar Series. Indianapolis Grand Prix on May 14th and 15th.
Preliminary championship points after 4 of 18 races:
1. Christian Brooks, 97
2. Kiko Porto, 74
3. Prescott Campbell, 73
4. Josh Pierson, 69
5. Yuven Sundaramoorthy, 67
6. Michael d’Orlando, 54
7. Spike Kohlbecker, 54
8. Billy Frazer, 51
9. Matt Round-Garrido, 46
10. Josh Green, 46
[…] Round-Garrido looked like another podium until d’Orlando picked up a textbook pass on turn one on the final lap to secure his first top three of the season. “It was such an emotional roller coaster ride,” said d’Orlando. “In the first race I was third with Josh Green behind me and he did the inside pull and we collided, which made me turn around. So it’s pretty good to be third on my head in race two after the first race on my head! It’s been an uphill battle with Matt, with all his experience he’s a tough guy. You never know who will be ahead. He made some good moves and pushed hard into the corners, but on the final lap I went in and was able to get it to work. “Californian Prescott Campbell (DEForce Racing) came to Florida as the points leader and ended a disappointing weekend on an upward trend, working his way up from 16th on the grid to ninth and securing the Tilton Hard Charger Award. After starting their season with four races in eight days, the participants of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship will now take a three-week break before heading to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course in Indiana for a triple-header event as part of the Meet the NTT IndyCar Series. Indianapolis Grand Prix on May 14th and 15th. Race 1 results | Results of race 2 Preliminary championship points after 4 of 18 races: 1. Christian Brooks, 972. Kiko Porto, 743. Prescott Campbell, 734. Josh Pierson, 695. Yuven Sundaramoorthy, 676. Michael d’Orlando, 547. Spike Kohlbecker, 548 Billy Frazer, 519. Matt Round-Garrido, 4610. Josh Green, 46 Source Link […]
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