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Brooks moves into USF2000 lead with two St. Petersburg wins

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Christian Brooks made it two wins out of two in the USF2000 races in St. Petersburg, taking the points lead as a result.

The Exclusive Autosport driver was beaten to pole by DEForce Racing’s Kiko Porto, and spent the majority of the race trailing the Brazilian while his team-mate Matt Round-Garrido tried to hold on to third place.

Race one winner Brooks claimed the lead with five laps to go on a pace car restart as Porto went too deep into the first corner and conceded first place at the exit.

That caution period came about after the charging Myles Rowe tried passing Round-Garrido for third but ended up jumping his Force Indy-run car over the kerbs at the first corner.

As a result he lost one of the places he gained to Cape Motorsports’ Michael d’Orlando and tried to prevent Pabst Racing’s Yuven Sundaramoorthy from passing around the outside of turn 4 but instead pitched him into the barriers and collected one of his wings as his car bounced back into the track.

Rowe was able to get around the lap but had to retire, while Sundaramoorthy was out on the spot and his car had to be retrieved.

Behind Brooks and Porto was d’Orlando, who passed Round-Garrido at the start of the final lap, and Turn 3 Motorsport’s Josh Green came fifth despite losing several positions in the early laps.

Cape with Ignite Autosport’s Spike Kohlbecker was sixth, just holding off Cape team-mate Thomas Nepveu and a train of other cars in the final laps that included Andre Castro (Legacy Autosport), pre-event points leader Prescott Campbell (DEForce) and Josh Pierson (Pabst).

Not far behind that battle was Exclusive’s Jake Denmark-Gessel and Billy Frazer, who charged up from 18th on the grid to 12th.

Race results (20 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Christian Brooks Exclusive Autosport 27m44.4199s
2 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing +0.3581s
3 Michael d’Orlando Cape Motorsports +2.5135s
4 Matt Round-Garrido Exclusive Autosport +2.9966s
5 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport +4.0870s
6 Spike Kohlbecker Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +4.2496s
7 Thomas Nepveu Cape Motorsports +4.6163s
8 Andre Castro Legacy Autosport +5.0511s
9 Prescott Campbell DEForce Racing +5.2364s
10 Josh Pierson Pabst Racing +5.4009s
11 Jace Denmark-Gessel Exclusive Autosport +6.0847s
12 Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport +6.4652s
13 Dylan Christie Turn 3 Motorsport +7.1395s
14 Erik Evans Velocity Racing Development +8.3105s
15 Peter Vodanovich JHDD +8.6917s
16 Ely Navarro DEForce Racing +9.3226s
17 Grant Palmer Exclusive Autosport +10.1396s
18 Jackson Lee JHDD +11.5075s
19 Trey Burke Joe Dooling Autosports +12.1199s
20 Evan Stamer Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +15.8636s
21 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing +16.3165s
22 Michael Myers Michael Myers Racing +1 lap
Ret Myles Rowe Force Indy
Ret Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing
DNS Bijoy Garg JHDD
DNS Kent Vaccaro Miller Vinatieri Motorsports
Fastest lap: Brooks, 1m12.3478s

Championship standings
1 Brooks 98   2 Porto 73   3 Campbell 73   4 Pierson 69   5 Sundaramoorthy 67   6 d’Orlando 54   7 Kohlbecker 54   8 Frazer 51   8 Siegel 39   9 Round-Garrido 46   10 Green 46