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VeeKay extends Pro Mazda lead with second Mid-Ohio victory

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway / LLC Photography

Juncos Racing?s Rinus VeeKay won his fourth Pro Mazda race in a row at Mid-Ohio, as poleman David Malukas hit engine trouble early on.

VeeKay started second and retained his position at the start. BN Racing’s Malukas built a gap at the start, but on lap seven of the 25 came to a halt with what he called “engine trouble”.

From then on, VeeKay resisted pressure from Juncos team-mate Robert Megennis.

Megennis set faster lap times in the race, and took fastest lap, but was unable to find a way around his team-mate. His best chance came on a caution period restart, which came about when the third Juncos entry driven by Carlos Cunha came to a halt on lap 19. VeeKay held on though, and took his sixth win of the season.

Oliver Askew took his third podium of the season behind them after a fairly controlled race. The Cape Motorsports driver did pressure Megennis on the restart, but was unable to make a move stick.

Team Pelfrey?s Sting Ray Robb finished in fourth after a race-long battle with Euroformula Open championship leader and RP Motorsport driver Felipe Drugovich. It took until lap 17, where Robb drew three-wide with Drugovich and Exclusive Autosport?s Parker Thompson to make the crucial move.

Drugovich finished fifth after an excellent opening couple of laps where the rookie made up five positions, before dropping back after being passed by Robb. Thompson finished sixth, and is now 25 points behind VeeKay.

Mathias Soler-Obel, joining Drugovich as a championship debutant at RP Motorsport this weekend, came home in seventh.

After sustaining a wrist injury, Andres Gutierrez did not start the race.

 

Race results (25 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Rinus VeeKay Juncos Racing 33m30.634s
2 Robert Megennis Juncos Racing +1.3635s
3 Oliver Askew Cape Motorsports +2.7723s
4 Sting Ray Robb Team Pelfrey +3.2129s
5 Felipe Drugovich RP Motorspot +4.2535s
6 Parker Thompson Exclusive Autosport +5.0116s
7 Mathias Soler-Obel RP Motorsport +5.9405s
8 Nikita Lastochkin Cape Motorsports +7.1475s
9 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing +7.9360s
10 Kris Wright BN Racing +10.0176s
11 Charles Finelli Fatboy Racing +1 lap
Ret Carlos Cunha Juncos Racing
Ret David Malukas BN Racing
Ret Andres Gutierrez Team Pelfrey
Pole: Malukas 1m14.8576s? ? ??Fastest lap: Megennis, 1m16.670s

Championship Standings
1?VeeKay 320? ?2?Thompson 295? ?3?Cunha 252??4 Malukas 232? ?5?Askew 232? ?6?Megennis 205? ?7?Harrison Scott 189? ?8?Robb 191? ?9?Lastochkin 170? ?10 Gutierrez 133