Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires Race #2 – Round 6
O’Ward Sweeps Weekend At Indianapolis
In a race that featured 32 passes in the middle of the field, no one was going to pass the pole sitter after Patricio O’Ward jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
O’Ward won Round 6 of the Pro Mazda series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway matching his result from the day before and now, with the weekend sweep, has five wins in the six series races competed so far this season.
O’Ward stretched his lead early and often in the caution free event and was never challenged by his teammate Aaron Telitz who finished second. Both Team Pelfrey drivers gapped the field. O’Ward took the checkers 4.7 seconds ahead of Telitz and Will Owen finished in third another 17 seconds behind Telitz.
Nico Jamin and Garritt Grist completed the top five finishers in the race.
With the victory O’Ward increases his championship lead over teammate Telitz.
The drivers of the Pro Mazda Championship next take on the short oval of Lucas Oil Raceway for the Carb Night Classic at LOR on May 27th.
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda Race #2 – Round 6
Thompson Captures Third Victory
Parker Thompson returned to victory lane in the USF2000 Championship leading the race flag to flag at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pole sitter Thompson streaked to the lead on the start only to be slowed as the caution flag appeared towards the end of the first lap when Eric Filgueiras went off course.
The race returned to green after a 20 minute caution to clean up oil from the track and Thompson resumed the lead while chased by Victor Franzoni.
Thompson, who finished second, was not to be denied the victory today as he led all fifteen laps of the race to take the win, seven tenths of a second ahead of Franzoni.
Luke Gabin, yesterday’s winner Anthony Martin and Jordan Lloyd completed the top five.
Point leader Thompson added to his lead with his third victory of the season.
The series heads next to Lucas Oil Raceway on May 27th for the Carb Night Classic at LOR.
Indy Lights Series – Round 7
Stoneman Collects First Indy Lights Victory
Andretti Autosport rookie driver Dean Stoneman took the lead early and held off a group of competitors to win his first Indy Lights race on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The start of the race was delayed when Andre Negrao found the wall on the front straight, damaging the front of the car and littering the track with debris. When the race restarted, yesterday’s victor Ed Jones led the field but drove wide in turn one, took a trip through the grass and fell back to seventh. Stoneman captured the lead and worked to pull away from the pack.
A quarter way into the 35 lap/one hour event, Stoneman had company at the front as Santiago Urrutia and Felix Serralles closed the gap and the three ran together about a second apart and three seconds ahead of the field.
Action continued mid pack where Scott Anderson, Scott Hargrove and Zachary Claman De Melo. All that ended when De Melo made contact with Hargrove and collected Anderson as all three ended up sliding into the sandtrap. All cars were able to return to the track and continue, further back in the field.
Behind the three leaders were three drivers on the move and catching them. Kyle Kaiser, a resurging Ed Jones and Felix Rosenqvist were eating up the gap between themselves and the lead with Rosenqvist and Jones turning laps almost a second quicker than the leader.
But it was Stoneman who withstood the challenges and held off the hard chargers to take the victory after leading 33 of the 35 laps.
Urrutia held on to finish second just over eight tenths of a second behind the winner. Kaiser charged up through the field from tenth to finish on the last step of the podium. Points leader Jones recovered from the early race incident to finish fourth with Serralles settling for a top five run.
Up next for the Indy Lights Series is racing on the big oval at Indianapolis in the Freedom 100 on May 27th.