After dominating qualifying and the two races in St. Petersburg during the first race weekend of the year, Pabst Racing sophomores Jordan Lloyd and Yufeng Luo had wildly disparate qualifying sessions. Toowoomba, Australia native Lloyd will start inside the second row while the 17 year-old Luo will have some work to do, starting inside the 10th row.
Taking the top spot were the familiar brilliant white cars of Cape Motorsports with /WTR sophomores Parker Thompson and Anthony Martin at the wheel. The teammates were separated by only 0.05 seconds as the Canuck, Thompson, just pipped the Aussie, Martin.
The 30 minute qualifying session for the pair of Friday and Saturday USF2000 Grand Prix of Alabama races began under sunny skies with a swarm of 2.0L Mazda MZR powered cars taking to the 2.3-Mile, 17-Turn Barber Motorsports Park Road Course.
Fresh sets of Cooper Tire slicks were the call for qualifying.
Halfway through the session the top five were: Thompson, Martin, Luke Gabin, Ayla Agren (John Cummiskey Racing), and Jordan Lloyd.
A red flag flew for Victor Franzoni who came to a stop at the exit of “The Museum Turns” with nine minutes left in the half-hour session. The 20 year-old who has five previous Barber podiums was still able to qualify in fourth spot.
The session ended under a red flag after James Munro found the kitty litter in Turn 8 while pushing hard during the last three minutes of the session. Munro will start the race in 11th.
Luke Gabin and Cameron Das were quick in pre-event testing and practice on Thursday, so it should be no surprise that the JAY Motorsports teammates were able to qualify in fifth and twelth, respectively.
After a disappointing qualifying effort in St. Pete, Norwegian sophomore Agren improved substantially for the second race weekend of the year. The No. 33 John Cummiskey Racing machine will start the race outside of third row.
The only driver in the National class this weekend is Eric Filgueiras and he qualified 23rd.
Full USF2000 qualifying results:
Rank Driver Quick Lap Time
1 Parker Thompson 1:24.669
2 Anthony Martin 1:24.719
3 Jordan Lloyd 1:24.733
4 Victor Franzoni 1:24.853
5 Luke Gabin 1:24.970
6 Ayla Agren 1:25.100
7 Jordan Cane 1:25.159
8 Nikita Lastochkin 1:25.203
9 Garth Rickards 1:25.203
10 Robert Megennis 1:25.298
11 James Munro 1:25.330
12 Cameron Das 1:25.444
13 Austin McCusker 1:25.546
14 Lucas Kohl 1:25.564
15 TJ Fischer 1:25.901
16 Dakota Dickerson 1:26.203
17 Tazio Ottis 1:26.457
18 Max Hanratty 1:26.507
19 Yufeng Luo 1:26.836
20 Sam Chastain 1:26.975
21 Michai Stephens 1:27.000
22 Clint McMahan 1:27.087
23 Eric Filgueiras 1:27.913
You can find our Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda preview and Thursday recap here —> http://www.tsoladder.com/2016/04/22/barber-motorsports-park-cooper-tires-usf2000-powered-by-mazda-preview-and-todays-recap/
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