By Tony DiZinno
Mac Clark will led the 16-car field to green for tonight’s USF2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires race, the Cooper Tires Freedom 75, at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
The young Canadian in the Tatuus USF-22 drove his No. 1 DEForce Racing car to two laps at 44.962 seconds and an average speed of 109.853mph around the 0.686-mile oval.
Evagaoras Papasavvas was next in the first Jay Howard Driver Development entry ahead of Chase Gardner (Exclusive Autosport), Nikita Johnson (VRD Racing) and points leader Lochie Hughes (JHDD).
Second in points, Simon Sikes, will roll off from ninth in his Pabst Racing entry.
Michael d’Orlando of Cape Motorsports won the last two USF2000 races on the oval in 2021 and 2022. Christian Rasmussen (JHDD) took the 2020 win, with other winners with this Tatuus chassis including Cameron Shields (Newman Wachs Racing) in 2019 and Kyle Kirkwood (Cape) in 2018.
The only oval on the schedule means the USF2000 field has a slightly different points structure.
A win is 45 points, second 38, third 33, fourth 29, fifth 26, with the remainder of the top 10 23-21-20-18-17 and then 15 for 11th down to 2 for 20th.
Hughes holds a 14-point lead on Sikes (185-171) with Johnson on 144, Papasavvas on 106 and Sam Corry on 94 completing the top five.
|Pos||No.||Driver||Team||Lap 1||Lap 2||Total Time||Avg. Speed|
|1||1||Mac Clark||DEForce Racing||22.437||22.525||44.962||109.853|
|2||6||Evagoras Papasavvas||Jay Howard Driver Development||22.566||22.453||45.019||109.714|
|3||95||Chase Gardner||Exclusive Autosport||22.587||22.636||45.223||109.219|
|4||17||Nikita Johnson||VRD Racing||22.697||22.755||45.452||108.668|
|5||8||Lochie Hughes||Jay Howard Driver Development||22.802||22.693||45.495||108.566|
|6||7||Al Morey||Jay Howard Driver Development||22.968||22.829||45.797||107.850|
|7||10||Jorge Garciarce||DEForce Racing||22.943||22.938||45.881||107.652|
|8||14||Sam Corry||VRD Racing||22.922||23.005||45.927||107.545|
|9||22||Simon Sikes||Pabst Racing||23.040||22.836||45.876||107.664|
|10||93||Avery Towns||Exclusive Autosport||22.932||23.060||45.992||107.393|
|11||67||Elliot Cox||Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Dev||23.042||23.023||46.065||107.222|
|12||24||Max Garcia||Pabst Racing||23.283||23.163||46.446||106.343|
|13||91||Joey Brienza||Exclusive Autosport||23.251||23.234||46.485||106.254|
|14||12||Maxwell Jamieson||DEForce Racing||24.061||23.888||47.949||103.009|
|15||19||Gordon Scully||VRD Racing||-.—-||-.—-||No Time||No Speed|
|DQ||18||Danny Dyszelski||VRD Racing||22.616||22.717||45.333||108.954|
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