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Eves tops USF Pro 2000 testing in mixed weather conditions

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography

Three of IndyCar’s support series were back in action at Mid-Ohio on Thursday for pre-event testing.

There were two 45-minute sessions scheduled for each of USF Pro 2000, USF2000 and USF Juniors, but heavy rain meant only the first session proved of use for the latter two series while in USFP2000 its second session ran later once the track had begun drying and so flying laps were able to be set but only one driver improved their pace.

Exclusive Autosport’s Braden Eves was fastest in USFP2000’s first session, setting a 1m19.5279s to edge Turn 3 Motorsport’s Lochie Hughes to top spot by 0.1724s. Pabst Racing’s Christian Brooks was 0.3999s behind in third, and Jay Howard Driver Development’s Frankie Mossman was 0.4598s off the pace. The top 15, completed by early championship leader Nikita Johnson, was covered by 0.9281s.

BN Racing’s Nicolas Baptiste was 17th fastest, but climbed one spot in the overall classification by improving to 1m20.6061s in session two. He was fastest in that session by 0.6671s, with Hughes again in second, and Eves was slowest as he did only two laps.

Velocity Racing Development’s Thomas Schrage set the pace in USF2000’s first session, a 1m25.7797s putting him on top by 0.3959s over DEForce Racing’s Nicolas Giaffone. Ayrton Houk (DC Autosport) and Max Taylor (VRD) were both 0.7s behind in third and fourth, with everyone else more than a second off the pace.

None of JHDD’s drivers were able to lap at a representative pace, and the three of them only did five laps each in total.

Just two drivers headed out in race two on a flooded track, with Houk setting a 1m40.7673s to lead Excluive’s Giovanni Cabrera by 0.5309s.

VRD was also on top in USF Juniors, with just 0.0418s splitting Taylor and Sebastian Wheldon at the top. Their team-mate Christian Cameron trailed by 1.2379s in third, and International Motorsport’s Ariel Elkin was a further 0.2213s behind in fourth.

Exclusive’s Evan Cooley and Jack Jeffers were the only two other drivers within two seconds of Taylor’s benchmark 1m39.0371s laptime. Jeffers had the track to himself in session two for the one lap he completed before returning to the pits and therefore ending the day’s USF Juniors action.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Braden Eves Exclusive Autosport 1m19.5279s 28
2 Lochie Hughes Turn 3 Motorsport 1m19.7003s +0.1724s 40
3 Christian Brooks Pabst Racing 1m19.9278s +0.3999s 37
4 Frankie Mossman JHDD 1m19.9877s +0.4598s 27
5 Jace Denmark Pabst Racing 1m20.1008s +0.5279s 36
6 Cooper Becklin TJ Speed 1m20.1122s +0.5843s 48
7 Liam Sceats TJ Speed 1m20.1140s +0.5861s 46
8 Ricardo Escotto BN Racing 1m20.2043s +0.6764s 46
9 Nicholas Monteiro DEForce Racing 1m20.2543s +0.7264s 43
10 Danny Dyszelski Turn 3 Motorsport 1m20.2669s +0.7390s 41
11 Nico Christodoulou Velocity Racing Development 1m20.2752s +0.7473s 41
12 Simon Sikes Pabst Racing 1m20.3131s +0.7852s 37
13 Mac Clark DEForce Racing 1m20.3917s +0.8638s 38
14 Ethan Ho Turn 3 Motorsport 1m20.4485s +0.9206s 48
15 Nikita Johnson Velocity Racing Development 1m20.4560s +0.9281s 44
16 Jorge Garciarce DEForce Racing 1m20.8855s +1.3576s 48
17 Nicolas Baptiste BN Racing 1m20.6061s +S2 45
18 Alessandro de Tullio BN Racing 1m21.1584s +1.6305s 44
19 Tyke Durst Turn 3 Motorsport 1m21.1995s +1.6716s 40
20 Logan Adams Comet/NCMP Racing 1m24.4548s +4.9269s 17
1 Thomas Schrage Velocity Racing Development 1m25.7797s 16
2 Nicolas Giaffone DEForce Racing 1m26.1756s +0.3959s 12
3 Ayrton Houk DC Autosport 1m26.5277s +0.7480s 25
4 Max Taylor Velocity Racing Development 1m26.5684s +0.7887s 12
5 Quinn Armstrong DEForce Racing 1m26.9142s +1.1345s 14
6 Joey Brienza Exclusive Autosport 1m26.9869s +1.2072s 16
7 Max Garcia Pabst Racing 1m27.1014s +1.3217s 17
8 Lucas Fecury DEForce Racing 1m27.1346s +1.3549s 14
9 Maxwell Jamieson DEForce Racing 1m27.2449s +1.4652s 15
10 Hudson Schwartz Pabst Racing 1m27.4406s +1.6609s 17
11 Sam Corry Pabst Racing 1m27.4441s +1.6644s 17
12 Brady Golan DEForce Racing 1m27.7578s +1.9781s 10
13 Carson Etter DC Autosport 1m28.1518s +2.3721s 14
14 Giovanni Cabrera Exclusive Autosport 1m30.0700s +4.2903s 27
15 Elliot Cox SFHRD 1m30.2026s +4.4229s 6
16 Michael Costello JHDD 1m33.8570s +8.0773s 5
17 Evagoras Papasavvas JHDD 1m34.2052s +8.4255s 5
18 Jace Bacon JHDD 1m34.6656s +8.8759s 5