Jay Howard Driver Development’s Christian Rasmussen led from lights to flag in USF2000’s season opening race at Road America.
The race was notable for several pace car periods which left minimal green flag running, and meant most overtakes occurred when drivers dropped out of the race.
Contact involving Rasmussen’s team-mate Nolan Siegel and Cape Motorsports’ Reece Gold on the opening lap was soon followed by the first pace car appearance.
Exclusive Autosport’s Christian Brooks was in second place at the time, but he lost several places on the first restart.
Cape’s Josh Green moved into second place, and while he couldn’t challenge Rasmussen he was able to hold on to his position through the remaining restarts.
Pabst Racing’s Matt Round-Garrido and Eduardo Barrichello battled over third place in between pace car periods, and Round-Garrido’s grip on the position was lost on the final restart to his team-mate.
Cape’s Michael d’Orlando had a trouble-free run to fifth, while Legacy Autosport’s Cameron Shields came from the back-end of the grid to claim seventh with several canny moves.
Brooks faded to eighth, while Pabst’s Yuven Sundaramoorthy and EA’s Prescott Campbell completed the top 10.
Race results (12 laps)
|1||Christian Rasmussen||Jay Howard Driver Development||38m34.603s|
|2||Josh Green||Cape Motorsports||+0.6417s|
|3||Eduardo Barrichello||Pabst Racing||+1.5325s|
|4||Matt Round-Garrido||Pabst Racing||+2.3721s|
|5||Michael d’Orlando||Cape Motorsports||+2.8546s|
|6||Christian Bogle||Jay Howard Driver Development||+3.7826s|
|7||Cameron Shields||Legacy Autosport||+4.7023s|
|8||Christian Brooks||Exclusive Autosport||+5.6036s|
|9||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Pabst Racing||+5.9885s|
|10||Prescott Campbell||Exclusive Autosport||+6.4794s|
|11||Bijoy Garg||Jay Howard Driver Development||+7.2728s|
|12||Ayrton Ori||Legacy Autosport||+8.5977s|
|13||Josh Pierson||Exclusive Autosport||+8.9976s|
|14||Kyle Dupell||Cape Motorsports||+9.5263s|
|15||Max Kaeser||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||+10.2930s|
|16||Wyatt Brichacek||Jay Howard Driver Development||+10.9775s|
|17||Nico Christodoulou||DEForce Racing||+2 laps|
|Ret||Jack William Miller||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports|
|Ret||Reece Gold||Cape Motorsports|
|Ret||Nolan Siegel||Jay Howard Driver Development|
|Fastest lap: Rasmussen, 2m11.678s|