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Alberico claims confident second win in Pro Mazda opener

by Gruz David
Photo: Andersen Promotions

Photo: Andersen Promotions

Neil Alberico ended a perfect weekend in Pro Mazda’s season opener at St. Petersburg by winning in a caution-packed race two.

The American sophomore driver yet again converted a pole position to a race victory without giving up his lead to anyone.

On the first lap the race immediately went under caution after a big pile-up accident caused by Patricio O’Ward‘s spin. The young Mexican went sideways, bottling up the track and trapping the cars of Weiron Tan, Florian Latorre, Alessandro Latif, Raoul Owens and Parker Nicklin.?Only the two latter divers managed to rejoin the race.

When the race restarted, Alberico started to confidently build a gap before losing it due to a second caution brought out by expert class driver Bobby Eberle.

The race resumed once again with just one lap to go and it was Alberico who comfrotably took the checkered flag.

Mexican Jose Gutierrez escaped with second, having had to defend from the charging Daniel Burkett, the best rookie of the race.

The Canadian had quickly made his way past Santiago Urrutia in the beginning of the race and even managed to briefly steal second from Gutierrez, albeit the Juncos driver retook it moments later.

While Burkett and Urrutia took third and fourth, they were followed by the trio of Kyle Connery, Garrett Grist and Dalton Kellett, who all benefited from the big incident at the start.

Will Owen and expert class winner Jay Horak finished eighth and ninth respectively, while Owens rounded the top ten out.

Race two results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Neil?Alberico Cape?Motorsports?w/WTR 19 laps
2 Jose?Gutierrez Juncos?Racing +0.800
3 Daniel?Burkett Cape?Motorsports?w/WTR +2.010
4 Santiago?Urrutia Team?Pelfrey +2.739
5 Kyle?Connery JDC?MotorSports +2.904
6 Garett?Grist Juncos?Racing +3.255
7 Dalton?Kellett Andretti?Autosport +5.202
8 Will?Owen Juncos?Racing +5.583
9 Jay?Horak M1?Racing +10.294
10 Raoul?Owens JDC?MotorSports +1 lap
11 Parker?Nicklin JDC?MotorSports +3 laps
12 Bobby?Eberle World?Speed?Motorsports +5 laps
13 Timothe?Buret Juncos?Racing +8 laps
14 Pato?O’Ward Team?Pelfrey +15 laps
15 Weiron?Tan Andretti?Autosport +16 laps
16 Florian?Latorre Cape?Motorsports?w/WTR +16 laps
17 Alessandro?Latif World?Speed?Motorsport +16 laps