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Braden Eves completes St. Petersburg USF2000 double

by Jake Williams-Smith

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Braden Eves made it two wins out of two in the USF2000 season-opener in St. Petersburg after a last corner crash between Darren Keane and Christian Rasmussen.

At the green flag, poleman Keane got away cleanly as Cape Motorsports team-mate Eves lost second to Jay Howard Driver Development’s Rasmussen.

Rasmussen immediately started challenging for the lead, pulling an audacious move on Keane on the opening lap while Eves? start went from bad to worse as he briefly lost third to Legacy Autosport’s Colin Kaminsky. Once he reclaimed the position, Kaminsky started dropping down the order.

Keane reclaimed the lead on lap three, and had to fend of Rasmussen for several laps before yellows were brought out to clear Jay Howard Driver Development driver Christian Bogle’s car. His team-mate Matt Round-Garrido also had a less than ideal race, getting an early drive-through penalty.

After the yellow flag period, Eves became more involved in the lead battle and nearly benefited from a failed move for first by Rasmussen. Once again, another yellow flag period paused the action.

In the final segment of the race the top two pulled away, and at the final corner on the last lap, Rasmussen dived for the lead but span, hit Keane and the pair slid down the order. Eves, who had been distanced, gladly took the win.

Hunter McElrea held off Zach Holden to finish second, with Alex Baron recovering from his dramatic race one crash to take fourth.

Kaminsky halted his decline down the order in fifth place, while Manuel Sulaiman rose from 19th on the grid to take sixth place and third in the standings. Bruna Tomaselli was seventh, just ahead of Reece Gold and the impressive Matt Round-Garrido. Keane and Rasmussen were classified 14th and 15th.


Race results (25 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Braden Eves Cape Motorsports 37m46.5374s
2 Hunter McElrea Pabst Racing +0.6338s
3 Zach Holden BN Racing +1.2618s
4 Alex Baron Legacy Autosport +2.0381s
5 Colin Kaminsky Pabst Racing +3.9729s
6 Manuel Sulaiman DEForce Racing +4.5949s
7 Bruna Tomaselli Pabst Racing +6.2738s
8 Reece Gold Cape Motorsports +7.2399s
9 Matt Round-Garrido Jay Howard Driver Development +7.7176s
10 Anthony Famularo BN Racing +10.7625s
11 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing +16.3040s
12 Nolan Siegel Newman Wachs Racing +18.2939s
13 Jose Sierra Legacy Autosport +34.9574s
14 Darren Keane Cape Motorsports +1 lap
15 Christian Rasmussen Jay Howard Driver Development +1 lap
16 Cameron Shields Newman Wachs Racing +1 lap
17 Jack William Miller Miller Vinatieri Motorsports +2 laps
Ret Manuel Carbrera Exclusive Autosport
Ret Christian Bogle Jay Howard Driver Development
Ret Nate Aranda Team E JAY Racing
Ret Eduardo Barrichello Miller Vinatieri Motorsports
Pole: Keane, 1m12.6534s? ? ? Fastest lap: Rasmussen, 1m13.1396s

Championship standings
1?Eves 62? ?2 McEclrea 47? ?3 Sulaiman 40? ?4?Holden 39? ?5 Tomaselli 29? ?6?Rasmussen 26? ?7 Gold 24? ?8?Keane 23? ?9 Sundaramoorthy 23? ?10 Famularo 23