By Steve Wittich
Championship leader Kiko Porto started the penultimate Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship weekend as the quickest of the 23 entries at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. The DEForce Racing veteran and Brazilain turned in a lap of 78.1749 seconds to lead the first and only practice session.
Leading the opening practice doesn’t always equate to success, with only one driver that lead practice in the first six events winning on that same weekend.
Joining Porto at the top of the practice timesheet were his DEForce Racing teammate Nolan Siegel and Prescott Campbell, who went second and fourth quickest.
Christian Brooks (Exclusive Autosport) was the third quickest driver, while Turn 3 Motorsport rookie Christian Weir went fifth quick.
Porto’s closest championship contender, Cape Motorsports veteran, was the sixth quickest in practice, almost a half-second slower than Porto.
The early part of the lone thirty-minute practice session was dominated by those DEForce Racing drivers, who, at one point, held the top three spots.
After 16-minutes of action, the red flag came out for Exclusive Autosport rookie Billy Frazer, who had just turned the seventh quickest lap of the session on his eighth lap of the day. The team reported that it was light contact and that the Kiwi was uninjured.
At that point in the 30-minute session, the quickest driver was championship leader, Porto, with a lap timed at 78.1749 seconds. Porto was joined in the top ten by Siegel, Brooks, Campbell, Weir, d’Orlando, Frazer, Kohlbecker, Garg, and Sundaramoorthy.
The green flag came back out with six minutes remaining, with the track quickly packed with the 23-entries taking the opportunity to work on their cars one more time.
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park Practice Results
|RANK||CAR NO.||DRIVER||TEAM||FAST LAP||DIFFERENCE||TOTAL LAPS|
|1||12||Kiko Porto||DEForce Racing||1:18.1749||—-||11|
|2||10||Nolan Siegel||DEForce Racing||1:18.2804||0.1055||12|
|3||44||Christian Brooks||Exclusive Autosport||1:18.4323||0.2574||15|
|4||11||Prescott Campbell||DEForce Racing||1:18.6017||0.4268||12|
|5||32||Christian Weir||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:18.6153||0.4404||13|
|6||4||Michael d’Orlando||Cape Motorsports||1:18.6571||0.4822||16|
|7||33||Josh Green||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:18.9648||0.7899||12|
|8||91||Billy Frazer||Exclusive Autosport||1:19.0313||0.8564||8|
|9||5||Spike Kohlbecker||Ignite Autosports w/Cape Motorsports||1:19.0420||0.8671||15|
|10||6||Bijoy Garg||Jay Howard Driver Development||1:19.0625||0.8876||12|
|11||63||Trey Burke||Joe Dooling Autosports||1:19.0638||0.8889||16|
|12||22||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Pabst Racing||1:19.1313||0.9564||15|
|13||24||Josh Pierson||Pabst Racing||1:19.2733||1.0984||14|
|14||2||Thomas Nepveu||Cape Motorsports||1:19.3047||1.1298||16|
|15||23||Jace Denmark||Pabst Racing||1:19.3754||1.2005||16|
|16||3||Evan Stamer||Ignite Autosports w/Cape Motorsports||1:19.5187||1.3438||15|
|17||34||Dylan Christie||Turn 3 Motorsport||1:19.7470||1.5721||9|
|18||9||Peter Vodanovich||Jay Howard Driver Development||1:19.7772||1.6023||11|
|19||99||Myles Rowe||Force Indy||1:19.8100||1.6351||13|
|20||42||Michael Myers||Michael Myers Racing||1:20.1001||1.9252||14|
|21||1||Ely Navarro||DEForce Racing||1:20.1263||1.9514||13|
|22||16||Kent Vaccaro||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||1:20.1929||2.0180||16|
|23||20||Nathan Byrd||Legacy Autosport||1:22.3080||4.1331||12|
The bottom rung of the Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires is back on track for qualifying at 10:15 am.