By Steve Wittich
A new leader, Turn 3 Motorsport sophomore Josh Green, emerged during the fourth USF2000 spring training test session at Barber Motorsports Park.
Once again, the session was veteran dominant, with seven of the top ten times being returned by USF2000 veterans.
Christian Brooks (Exclusive Autosport), who led the first three sessions, was the fourth quickest driver, slotting in behind a pair of DEForce Racing racers, Nolan Siegel and Prescott Campbell.
Pabst Racing newcomer Jace Denmark was the quickest rookie, ending the session with the fifth-fastest lap in finishing just ahead of his teammate Yuven Sundaramoorthy and Josh Pierson.
Rounding out the top ten were Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing), Dylan Christie (Turn 3 Motorsport), and rookie USF2000 team and driver Velocity Racing Development and Erik Evans.
The penultimate USF2000 session of spring training at Barber Motorsports Park got started at 10:50 am (CT), with the track quickly buzzing with the distinctive note of the Elite Engine prepared 2.0L power plants.
Veterans Campbell, Sundaramoorthy, Green, Siegel, and Porto were the quickest over the test’s first fifteen minutes.
With only two sets of Cooper Tire slicks and three sessions, the final two test sessions will feature varying test plans.
Campbell’s quickest lap with 45-minutes remaining was 81.8358 seconds, significantly slower than the earlier session and an indication that he was on scuffed tires.
Brooks sat out the first 15-minutes of the session, but when he did take to the 2.3-mile, 17-turn natural terrain road course, he quickly retook his usual spot at the top of the timing screens.
With 40-minutes remaining in the session, the top seven spots were all veteran drivers and were within a half-second of each other.
Green moved to the head of the class with 38 minutes remaining, an impressive feat for brand new USF2000 team Turn 3 Motorsport and the 2019 Team USA Scholarship winner.
Also moving into the top ten were rookies Dylan Christie (Turn 3 Motorsports) and Erik Evans (Velocity Racing Development).
At the halfway point of session number four, the top seven spots were still held by veterans. Green led the way with a lap at 81.2641 seconds and was followed by fellow series returnees Siegel, Campbell, Brooks, Sundaramoorthy, Pierson, and Porto.
Turn 3 Motorsport also held the top rookie spot at the halfway point, with Christie slotting in ahead of Evans and Frazer.
With 25-minutes remaining, Pabst Racing rookie Denmark interrupted the ‘old-timers’ party’ moving into the top five.
The first red flag of the session was unfurled from the starters stand with 17-minutes left for an incident involving Christie. After a spin, the Turn 3 Motorsport driver made contact with the barriers in Turn 1.
Once the No. 34 of Christie was rescued, the green flag came back out with 11-minutes remaining in the hour-long session.
The last ten minutes of the session were quiet, with none of the drivers improving on their times.
The 23 drivers completed 568 laps of the 2.3-mile, 17-turn natural terrain road course.
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship spring training at Barber Motorsports Park test session #4 timesheet.
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||QUICK LAP||DIFFERENCE||TOTAL LAPS|
|1||33||Josh Green||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:21.2641||0.000||28|
|2||10||Nolan Siegel||DEForce Racing||1:21.5987||0.3346||18|
|3||11||Prescott Campbell||DEForce Racing||1:21.6683||0.4042||22|
|4||44||Christian Brooks||Exclusive Autosport||1:21.6769||0.4128||30|
|5||23||Jace Denmark||Pabst Racing||1:21.7574||0.4933||26|
|6||22||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Pabst Racing||1:21.8583||0.5942||24|
|7||24||Josh Pierson||Pabst Racing||1:21.8823||0.6182||26|
|8||12||Kiko Porto||DEForce Racing||1:21.9436||0.6795||16|
|9||34||Dylan Christie||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:22.0004||0.7363||19|
|10||29||Erik Evans||Velocity Racing Development||1:22.0346||0.7705||28|
|11||91||Billy Frazer||Exclusive Autosport||1:22.1235||0.8594||22|
|12||99||Myles Rowe||Force Indy||1:22.1516||0.8875||28|
|13||1||Ely Navarro||DEForce Racing||1:22.1939||0.9298||23|
|14||2||Thomas Nepveu||Cape Motorsports||1:22.3165||1.0524||29|
|15||4||Michael d’Orlando||Cape Motorsports||1:22.3324||1.0683||24|
|16||6||Bijoy Garg||Jay Howard Driver Development||1:22.3921||1.1280||28|
|17||5||Spike Kohlbecker||Cape Motorsports||1:22.4122||1.1481||25|
|18||9||Peter Vodanovich||Jay Howard Driver Development||1:22.5233||1.2592||30|
|19||90||Grant Palmer||Exclusive Autosport||1:22.5430||1.2789||22|
|20||3||Evan Stamer||Cape Motorsports||1:22.6331||1.3690||24|
|21||8||Jackson Lee||Jay Howard Driver Development||1:22.7639||1.4998||25|
|22||16||Kent Vaccaro||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||1:23.4345||2.1704||23|
|23||63||Trey Burke||Joe Dooling Autosports||1:23.7341||2.4700||28|
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