Christian Brooks behind the wheel of Hot Wheels/Chaco Flaco/Bell Helmets sponsored Exclusive Autosport No. 44 on track during spring training at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo Courtesy Of Andersen Promotions)

By Steve Wittich

For the third straight USF2000 spring training session, the Hot Wheels/Chaco Flaco/Bell Helmets sponsored Exclusive Autosport No. 44 wheeled by Christian Brooks was the quickest of the 23 drivers.

Brooks’ best lap of 80.7981 seconds in ideal conditions was almost 1.5 seconds quicker than his test leading lap on Sunday.

Next on the timing screens were a trio, Prescott Campbell, Nolan Siegel, and Kiko Porto, of veteran DEForce Racing drivers.

Rounding out the veteran driver-dominated top five was Pabst Racing sophomore Josh Pierson.

The quickest rookie was Pierson’s teammate Jace Denmark.

The top 16 drivers were within a second of Brooks, and 20 of the 23 pilots are below the track record of 83.009 seconds set by Michael Epps in 2014.

Matching the two sessions on Easter Sunday, the early leader in the session was Brooks. The Exclusive Autosport sophomore took advantage of the cool weather and only took four laps to eclipse his fastest lap from the first day of spring training, turning a lap at 82.1106 seconds.

With just under 15 minutes expired in the one-hour session, a pair of Pabst Racing drivers jumped to the top of the timesheet. First, it was veteran Yuven Sundaramoorthy, who was followed by Jace Denmark.

It didn’t take long for Brooks to jump back to the top of the timing screens. The Californian was the first driver to crack into the 81-second range. The rest of the top five at the one-quarter pole were Siegel (DEForce Racing), Josh Pierson (Pabst Racing), Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing), and Bijoy Garg (Jay Howard Driver Development).

A pair of rookies, Thomas Nepveu (Cape Motorsports) and Kent Vaccaro (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports), were the only drivers that had not yet turned a lap.

Siegel was the next driver to jump to the top of the timing screens. The 16-year-old driving for DEForce Racing clocked in at 81.1966 seconds on his fourth lap of the morning.

DEForce Racing sophomore Prescott Campbell was the next driver to jump to the pointiest portion of the timing sheets, becoming the first driver to turn a lap below 81 seconds.

At the halfway point of the session, Campbell’s time was still the best, and the Californian was the only driver with a lap under 81 seconds. He was joined in the top ten by Brooks, Siegel, Porto, Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport), Michael d’Orlando (Cape Motorsports), Grant Palmer (Exclusive Autosport), Spike Kohlbecker (Cape Motorsports), Dylan Christie (Turn 3 Motorsport), Josh Pierson (Pabst Racing).

For the next fifteen minutes, many drivers continued to get quicker, including Kohlbecker, Palmer, Rowe, Jackson Lee (Jay Howard Driver Development), and Brooks, the second driver to break into the 80-second laps.

With fifteen left in the session, 19 of the 23 drivers were within 1.1 seconds of Campbell’s quickest lap.

Behind Campbell, Brooks, and Siegel at the top of the timing screens, times continued to fall, with Denmark, Sundaramoorthy, Pierson, Billy Frazer (Exclusive Autosport), and Myles Rowe (Force Indy) all jumping into the top ten within a half-second of Campbell.

Brooks found himself in a familiar position atop the timing screen with just under ten minutes remaining when he turned a lap timed at 80.7981 seconds.

With 54 minutes of the session expired, the first red flag of the morning session came out for three minutes before the track went back to green, allowing the drivers one more chance to set a lap time.

The 22 drivers that took to the Barber Motorsports Park road course completed 587 laps of running. Rookies Denmark and Burke were the busiest drivers, each completing 34 circuits, but they weren’t alone in getting the miles. Eight drivers completed 30 or more laps.

The only driver to not turn a lap was Cape Motorsports rookie Thomas Nepveu, who had electrical issues with the No. 2 Cape Motorsports machine.

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship spring training at Barber Motorsports Park test session #3 timesheet.

1 44 Christian Brooks Exclusive Autosport 1:20.7981 0.000 28
2 11 Prescott Campbell DEForce Racing 1:20.9386 0.1405 22
3 10 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing 1:21.0929 0.2948 18
4 12 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 1:21.3141 0.5160 23
5 24 Josh Pierson Pabst Racing 1:21.3248 0.5267 33
6 23 Jace Denmark Pabst Racing 1:21.3891 0.5910 34
7 22 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 1:21.4300 0.6319 33
8 91 Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport 1:21.4547 0.6566 28
9 99 Myles Rowe Force Indy 1:21.4773 0.6792 32
10 5 Spike Kohlbecker Cape Motorsports 1:21.4872 0.6891 33
11 33 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport 1:21.4896 0.6915 25
12 4 Michael d’Orlando Cape Motorsports 1:21.5406 0.7425 32
13 90 Grant Palmer Exclusive Autosport 1:21.5410 0.7429 29
14 34 Dylan Christie Turn 3 Motorsport 1:21.5938 0.7957 27
15 6 Bijoy Garg Jay Howard Driver Development 1:21.7041 0.9060 24
16 1 Ely Navarro DEForce Racing 1:21.7234 0.9253 25
17 9 Peter Vodanovich Jay Howard Driver Development 1:21.9157 1.1176 25
18 8 Jackson Lee Jay Howard Driver Development 1:22.0041 1.2060 23
19 3 Evan Stamer Cape Motorsports 1:22.0362 1.2381 30
20 29 Erik Evans Velocity Racing Development 1:22.4156 1.6175 14
21 16 Kent Vaccaro Miller Vinatieri Motorsports 1:23.1678 2.3697 15
22 63 Trey Burke Joe Dooling Autosports 1:23.6030 2.8049 34
23 2 Thomas Nepveu Cape Motorsports No Time

Look for these same cars and drivers at 10:50 am (central) for their fourth test session of spring training.

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