By Tony DiZinno
After five relatively hectic Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires races Friday and early Saturday at the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship delivered a calm affair for Round 7 of its season and race three of the weekend.
Just as in the first two races, we had the same winner: Alex Quinn, driving the No. 17 Velocity Racing Development (with Arden) Tatuus USF-22. The Englishman completed a debut weekend sweep (race one recap here, race two recap here), and on this occasion beat Michael d’Orlando by 2.2187 of a second. D’Orlando’s Cape Motorsports teammate Jagger Jones, who started on the pole, finished third.
The field immediately went to green at 11:19 a.m. ET after a single pace lap. Quinn made it past Jones on the outside of Turn 1 and inside of Turn 2 to move into the lead. Frazer was a big mover a little further down the field, up three spots from 10th to seventh.
There was contact at Turn 1, with Jackson Lee knocked into a spin. He had climbed three spots to 13th before contact from Dylan Christie. Lee resumed but fell down the order.
On Lap 5, d’Orlando made it past Jones for second but the order stabilized throughout the rest of the 23-car field.
By Lap 10 with 5 to go, Quinn led d’Orlando by 2.345 seconds, with Jones, Denmark and Nepveu in the top five. Rowe was sixth ahead of Sikes, Frazer, Garg and Kohlbecker.
The race ran to its 15-lap conclusion with some minor changes in the bottom portion of the top-10.
USF2000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis – Race #3 Unofficial Results
|1||17||Alex Quinn||Velocity Racing Development||15||LAP 15|
|2||4||Michael d’Orlando||Cape Motorsports||15||2.2187|
|3||3||Jagger Jones||Cape Motorsports||15||2.6928|
|4||23||Jace Denmark||Pabst Racing||15||8.3080|
|5||10||Thomas Nepveu||DEForce Racing||15||8.7468|
|6||22||Myles Rowe||Pabst Racing||15||13.0387|
|7||92||Billy Frazer||Exclusive Autosport||15||17.6304|
|8||12||Bijoy Garg||DEForce Racing||15||17.9316|
|9||19||Simon Sikes||Legacy Autosport||15||18.9605|
|10||33||Spike Kohlbecker||Turn 3 Motorsport w/Ignite Autosport||15||19.2950|
|11||5||Nicky Hays||Cape Motorsports||15||21.1877|
|12||63||Trey Burke||Joe Dooling Autosports||15||23.0896|
|13||32||Christian Weir||Turn 3 Motorsport||15||23.0929|
|14||90||Jacob Douglas||Exclusive Autosport||15||26.4650|
|15||6||Frankie Mossman||Jay Howard Driver Development||15||31.4935|
|16||2||Jackson Lee||Cape Motorsports||15||32.8686|
|17||30||Viktor Andersson||Velocity Racing Development||15||34.2510|
|18||7||Yeoroo Lee||Jay Howard Driver Development||15||38.3132|
|19||13||Chase Gardner||DEForce Racing||15||42.0046|
|20||9||Jorge Garciarce||Jay Howard Driver Development||15||45.1663|
|21||11||Dylan Christie||DEForce Racing||15||55.7117|
|22||8||Danny Dyszelski||Jay Howard Driver Development||15||59.6480|
|23||91||Joey Brienza||Exclusive Autosport||—||DNS|