By Patrick Stephan (@TSO_Patrick)

Before we start I wanted to note that Hi-Tide Boat lifts is a major sponsor of this weekend’s festivities. They are the title sponsor of race #1 for both Pro Mazda and USF2000. ¬†For USF2000, the official name is “Hi-Tide Boat Lifts Grand Prix of St. Petersburg” and for Pro Mazda it is “Hi-Tide Kids on Track Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.”

For both series, their second races of the season are “Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.”


Ok, back to ProMazda qualifying for race #1.

About 9 minutes in to the 30 minute session, we the Top 5 were Victor Franzoni, Carlos Cunha, TJ Fischer, Anthony Martin, and Phillippe Denes.

The battle for the pole would turn in to a two-driver event, with Franzoni and Martin clearly adamant on starting up front.

We got a red flag with about 10 minutes to go, but I still don’t know why ūüôā Didn’t see a car stopped and the video folks didn’t show us anything.

When the checkered flag came down, it was Martin just beating out Franzoni by .0120 of a second.  TJ Fisher was 0.4107 back to take the third spot.

For Martin, who hails from Australia, this is his first ProMazda pole. He won six USF2000 races in 2016, securing the championship and the scholarship money that comes with it.

Race #1 for ProMazda is tomorrow at 11:50am. Qualifying for Race #2 is tomorrow morning at 7:30am (ouch! Рreally!?!).  Ok!

Pos Car # Driver Best Time Dff Laps Best Lap Team
1 8 Anthony Martin 1:13.672 0.000 18 14 Cape Motorsports
2 23 Victor Franzoni 1:13.684 0.0120 18 15 Juncos Racing
3 82 TJ Fischer 1:14.082 0.4107 21 19 Team Pelfrey
4 81 Carlos Cunha 1:14.201 0.5297 19 19 Team Pelfrey
5 15 Phillippe Denes 1:14.588 0.9164 19 18 World Speed Motorsports
6 80 Nikita Lastochkin 1:14.791 1.1195 19 18 Team Pelfrey
7 14 Sting Ray Robb 1:15.513 1.8408 20 20 World Speed Motorsports
8 6 Max Hanratty 1:15.530 1.8580 20 16 ArmsUp Motorsports
9 13 Bobby Eberle 1:15.780 2.1085 19 19 World Speed Motorsports
10 31 Brendan Puderbach 1:17.245 3.5729 20 16 FatBoy Racing
11 44 Kevin Davis 1:17.502 3.8300 15 14 Kevin Davis Racing
12 3 Matt Machiko 1:18.565 4.8936 20 16 FatBoy Racing
13 60 Jeff Green 1:19.877 6.2051 20 20 Juncos Racing
14 83 Charles Finelli 1:21.890 8.2181 18 7 FatBoy Racing