By Steve Wittich
For the second time, this season Pabst Racing rookie Rasmus Lindh led a USF2000 practice session. The 17-year-old turned a lap of 81.3989 seconds on his 13th of 15 circuits.
The rest of the top five – Kyle Kirkwood (Cape Motorsports), Michael D’Orlando (Team Benik), Keith Donegan (BN Racing) and Julian Van der Watt (Team Pelfrey) – were all within four-tenths of a second of the Swede.
Finishing off a top seven with seven different teams represented were Dakota Dickerson (ArmsUp Motorsports) and Colin Kaminsky (DEForce Racing).
Also impressively, the top 18 drivers were all within one second of Lindh.
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series were NOT the first cars on the 2.258-Mile, 13-Turn Mid-Ohio Road Course, following the Mazda MX5 Cup machines.
The 24 entries took to the track for their lone 25-minute practice session under sunny skies and upper 60s.
The drivers turned 321 laps, with most drivers turning between 13 and 16 circuits.
The series drivers had three 40 minute test sessions yesterday, and from what we’ve heard, championship leader Kyle Kirkwood was the quickest. We were also told a number of drivers had incidents on the green track.
The USF2000 drivers are back on track for qualifying at 12:45 PM and the first of three race roles off at 4:30 PM.
Cooper Tires USF2000 Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Powered by Mazda Practice #1 Results
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||FAST LAP||DIFFERENCE|
|5||80||Julian Van der Watt||1:21.797||0.3984|