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Porto clinches USF2000 crown as Sundaramoorthy returns to top step

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

DEForce Racing’s Kiko Porto sealed the USF2000 title with one race to spare at Mid-Ohio as Pabst Racing’s Yuven Sundaramoorthy won for the first time since May.

There was drama as the 20-lap race got underway as Cape Motorsports with Ignite Autosports’ Evan Starmer launched into the air after tagging Turn 3 Motorsport’s Dylan Christie, who was able to continue.

In addition, Jay Howard Driver Development’s Jackson Lee and Joe Dooling Autosports’ Trey Burke came to grief before the caution flags were waved.

Just before this, Sundaramoorthy worked his way past poleman and title contender Michael d’Orlando, as Porto worked his way up into fifth ahead of Turn 3’s Josh Green.

It was a short intermission before the racing resumed, with cars going three or four-wide down into The Keyhole and into turn four – the main passing spots. From there, Sundaramoorthy dominated the race up until lap 13 when the caution flags were shown once more.

DEForce’s Prescott Campbell was under attack from Pabst’s Jace Denmark while battling over the final podium spot when the pair tried running two-wide on the twisty circuit.

The pair came to grief, handing Porto another two spots to further strengthen his points lead, even though he was in a position to clinch the title regardless.

On the restart with five laps to go, Sundaramoorthy repeated his charge and took his fourth win of the season, but his first since the Indianapolis round back in May.

Porto came in with a 48-point advantage and needed a 33-point lead to clinch the title. By finishing just behind d’Orlando, he achieved this comfortably.

Green came home fourth ahead of Force Indy’s Myles Rowe – who took his second-best result of the season following his win at New Jersey.

DEForce’s Nolan Siegel took sixth ahead of Cape’s Thomas Nepveu. Exclusive Autosport’s Billy Frazer started 19th and finished eighth, gaining 11 spots across the start and first restart, before engaging in a fine battle with Rowe and later with Nepveu.

Turn 3’s Christian Weir was ninth, ahead of Stamer’s team-mate Spike Kohlbecker.

Race results (20 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 32m28.1073s
2 Michael d’Orlando Cape Motorsports +0.7094s
3 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing +2.0474s
4 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport +2.8783s
5 Myles Rowe Force Indy +3.5594s
6 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing +3.7770s
7 Thomas Nepveu Cape Motorsports +4.3198s
8 Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport +5.7089s
9 Christian Weir Turn 3 Motorsport +6.1159s
10 Spike Kohlbecker Cape w/ Ignite Autosports +6.4284s
11 Josh Pierson Pabst Racing +6.7511s
12 Dylan Christie Turn 3 Motorsport +7.1662s
13 Ely Navarro DEForce Racing +8.0360s
14 Andre Castro Legacy Autosport +8.7661s
15 Bijoy Garg JHDD +10.7364s
16 Kent Vaccaro Miller Vinatieri Motorsports +11.1641s
17 Trey Burke Joe Dooling Autosports +11.4250s
18 Jackson Lee JHDD +12.9421s
19 Michael Myers Michael Myers Racing +13.4291s
20 Jace Denmark Pabst Racing +1 lap
Ret Prescott Campbell DEForce Racing
Ret Evan Stamer Cape w/ Ignite Autosports +2 laps
Fastest lap: Sundaramoorthy, 1m21.9052s

Championship standings
Porto 390   2 d’Orlando 345   3 Sundaramoorthy 327   4 Pierson 276   5 Brooks 257   6 Green 248   7 Kohlbecker 221   8 Nepveu 207   9 Denmark 204   10 Siegel 202