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d’Orlando passes Porto to win USF2000’s Mid-Ohio weekend opener

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

Cape Motorsports’ Michael d’Orlando pulled a brilliant move to win in this weekend’s first USF200 race at Mid-Ohio, and he moves up to second in the standings.

It was a smooth start for the frontrunners who were able to keep their starting position, with DEForce Racing’s Kiko Porto leading the field away from pole.

Meanwhile in the midfield, Prescott Campbell and Myles Rowe made contact at turn one, and were forced to retire. The incident created the first full course yellow situation of the race.

Porto was able to hold the lead after the restart and was leading comfortably when another full course yellow appeared in lap 12 to recover Erik Evans’ car who spun after being hit from behind.

It was d’Orlando’s time to shine once the race resumed as he pulled an outstanding move round the outside of Porto to take the lead.

Porto couldn’t challenge d’Orlando back in the remaining laps, and the title rivals finished 1.6 seconds apart. Despite d’Orlando winning, Porto extends his points lead.

Third place went to Simon Sikes, who held on to his starting position for all 20 laps of the race, while the first FCY restart played out well for Billy Frazer, who overtook Nolan Siegel for fourth place after a close battle.

The top 10 was completed by Bijoy Garg, Jace Denmark-Gessel, Josh Pierson, Josh Green and Yuven Sundaramoorthy.

For former points leader Sundaramoorthy it wasn’t a strong afternoon as, despite making up three places to finish in the top 10, he lost second in the standings to d’Orlando.

Thomas Nepveu, who claimed his maiden win last time out at Road America came home in 13th after starting 11th.

Turn 3 Motorsport’s 14 year-old Christian Weird gained four places during the race and finished 17th in his USF2000 debut.

The grid for race two has been settled on second-best qualifying laps for the front places, and it will be Porto who starts at the front again for tomorrow’s race.

Race results (20 laps)

Pos Name Team Time
1 Michael d’Orlando Cape Motorsports 33m44.9482s
2 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing +1.6140s
3 Simon Sikes Legacy Autosport +3.2726s
4 Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport +3.8757s
5 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing +4.1066s
6 Bijoy Garg JHDD +4.8110s
7 Jace Denmark-Gessel Pabst Racing +5.3292s
8 Josh Pierson Pabst Racing +5.7526s
9 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport +6.6051s
10 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing +6.9299s
11 Christian Brooks Exclusive Autosport +7.7727s
12 Matt Round-Garrido Exclusive Autosport +8.1902s
13 Thomas Nepveu Cape Motorsports +8.8309s
14 Spike Kohlbecker Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +9.1594s
15 Peter Vodanovich JHDD +9.6646s
16 Evan Stamer Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +11.1627s
17 Christian Weir Turn 3 Motorsport +12.1115s
18 Jackson Lee JHDD +12.3613s
19 Ely Navarro DEForce Racing +12.6608s
20 Dylan Christie Turn 3 Motorsport +13.0486s
21 Kent Vaccaro Miller Vinatieri Motorsports +15.0751s
22 Trey Burke Joe Dooling Autosports +15.6905s
23 Nathan Byrd Legacy Autosport +24.7594s
Ret Michael Myers Michael Myers Racing
Ret Erik Evans Velocity Racing Development
Ret Chase Hyland JHDD
Ret Prescott Campbell DEForce Racing
Ret Myles Rowe Force Indy
Fastest lap: d’Orlando, 1m22.2743s

Championship standings
1 Porto 248   2 d’Orlando 222   3 Sundaramoorthy 216   4 Brooks 201   5 Pierson 195   6 Kohlbecker 154   7 Green 154   8 Campbell 151   9 Nepveu 145   10 Denmark-Gessel 132