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Nepveu wins by 0.0679s in USF2000 epic at Road America

by Craig Woollard

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Cape Motorsport’s Thomas Nepveu took his maiden USF2000 race win at Road America, holding off a late charge from Legacy Autosport’s Simon Sikes.

The cool conditions on Sunday morning allowed for Formula Ford 1600-style racing throughout, with drivers going two or three-wide on a regular basis throughout the race.

DEForce Racing’s Kiko Porto started at on pole and left team-mate, Nolan Siegel, at the start line as there was contact for Joe Dooling Autosports’ Trey Burke at the start.

There was further contact at turns five and eight on the opening lap, including for former points leader Yuven Sundaramoorthy. Ultimately, seven drivers pitted at the end of the first lap, which was put under caution.

The action resumed on lap three, and Cape’s Michael d’Orlando was on the move right away. However, Nepveu, who started seventh, went from fifth by the exit of the first corner to the lead four corners later, making a three-wide lunge for the lead.

DEForce’s Prescott Campbell came back however, and briefly led, before Nepveu got back past.

From there, Campbell and Porto squabbled over second, allowing Nepveu to form a small gap.

Sikes, who before this race had not taken a top-five finish in USF2000, then got past Campbell and gradually closed in on Nepveu.

The pair went side-by-side for much of the final lap, and they went two-wide across the finish line. Nepveu ultimately held on by a small margin.

Pabst Racing’s Josh Pierson rounded out the podium beating Turn 3 Motorsport’s Josh Green, as Porto recovered to fifth after slipping to ninth.

Despite pitting, Sundaramoorthy was able to recover to take sixth ahead of Pabst team-mate Jace Denmark, who started 14th.

Ignite Autosport’s Spike Kohlbecker, Turn 3’s Dylan Christie and Force Indy’s Myles Rowe rounded out the top 10, and several drivers behind continued to battle right until the end.

Campbell retired on the final lap with a mechanical issue, while frontrunners Siegel, d’Orlando and Brooks all had to pit late in the race for front wing damage in addition to the seven who did at the end of the first lap.

Brooks had started 15th but had climbed into contention before pulling off with the damage he had sustained, while Siegel was fighting towards the front before spinning at Turn 8.

Race results (12 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Thomas Nepveu Cape Motorsports 30m41.9195s
2 Simon Sikes Legacy Autosport +0.0679s
3 Josh Pierson Pabst Racing +2.6858s
4 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport +5.9745s
5 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing +6.3369s
6 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing +7.3121s
7 Jace Denmark-Gessel Pabst Racing +7.7523s
8 Spike Kohlbecker Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +8.0757s
9 Dylan Christie Turn 3 Motorsport +10.0689s
10 Myles Rowe Force Indy +11.5280s
11 Evan Stamer Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +14.1582s
12 Bijoy Garg JHDD +15.5795s
13 Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport +16.2191s
14 Ely Navarro DEForce Racing +16.3296s
15 Peter Vodanovich JHDD +17.7178s
16 Kent Vaccaro Miller Vinatieri Motorsports +18.8746s
17 Trey Burke Joe Dooling Autosports +19.0109s
18 Jackson Lee JHDD +26.1743s
19 Matt Round-Garrido Exclusive Autosport +44.8868s
20 Christian Brooks Exclusive Autosport +1m11.3035s
21 Michael d’Orlando Cape Motorsports +1m50.4300s
22 Michael Myers Michael Myers Racing +1 lap
23 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing +1 lap
24 Prescott Campbell DEForce Racing +2 laps
Ret Erik Evans Velocity Racing Development
Fastest lap: Sikes, 2m11.0062s

Championship standings
1 Porto 220   2 Sundaramoorthy 206   3 d’Orlando 191   4 Brooks 182   5 Pierson 193   6 Campbell 151   7 Kohlbecker 147   Green 143   9 Nepveu 140   10 Denmark-Gessel 104