DEForce Racing’s Kiko Porto led every lap from pole in USF2000’s second Mid-Ohio’s race, where he mostly went unchallenged.
Porto and Cape Motorsports’ Michael d’Orlando held their front row positions after the start, and soon started to pull away from the pack. The absence of any caution periods, unlike Friday’s race, made it impossible for the pack to catch up.
Porto had the race under control in every moment, which left d’Orlando without an actual opportunity to attack the leader despite remaining in his mirrors. In race one he had passed poleman Porto for the win the first time a chance arose to.
Legacy Autosport’s Simon Sikes stood on the podium for the third time in a row. Sikes was able to keep up with Porto and d’Orlando’s pace in the early stages, but he started to lose ground after lap seven of 20. However, that didn’t impede him from taking a comfortable third place.
A stunning opening lap, where he gained four places, gave Matt Round-Garrido fourth place. Just behind him, Road America’s race two winner Thomas Nepveu scored another top five finish to rebound from a difficult first race at Mid-Ohio.
The top 10 was completed by Nolan Siegel, Billy Frazer, Christian Brooks, Jace Denmark-Gessel and Josh Green. It wasn’t until the last laps that those places were decided, with some close battles among them delighting spectators with some two and even three-wide moments with two laps to go after Siegel decided to get racey.
Pabst Racing’s title contender Yuven Sundaramoorthy dropped back to 25th after lap one, but he was able to recover. By lap four of the race he had already made up eight places and went on to finish 15th, but he is now 56 points Porto in the standings.
Race results (20 laps)
|1||Kiko Porto||DEForce Racing||27m48.6696s|
|2||Michael d’Orlando||Cape Motorsports||+0.4085s|
|3||Simon Sikes||Legacy Autosport||+4.4027s|
|4||Matt Round-Garrido||Exclusive Autosport||+6.3545s|
|5||Thomas Nepveu||Cape Motorsports||+9.2243s|
|6||Nolan Siegel||DEForce Racing||+9.9042s|
|7||Billy Frazer||Exclusive Autosport||+10.6588s|
|8||Christian Brooks||Exclusive Autosport||+11.2737s|
|9||Jace Denmark-Gessel||Pabst Racing||+11.6158s|
|10||Josh Green||Turn 3 Motorsport||+11.9953s|
|11||Spike Kohlbecker||Cape w/ Ignite Autosport||+12.3075s|
|12||Josh Pierson||Pabst Racing||+12.5659s|
|13||Prescott Campbell||DEForce Racing||+12.9008s|
|14||Yuven Sundaramoorthy||Pabst Racing||+13.1773s|
|15||Evan Stamer||Cape w/ Ignite Autosport||+16.8365s|
|16||Myles Rowe||Force Indy||+22.8595s|
|17||Trey Burke||Joe Dooling Autosports||+24.9846s|
|18||Ely Navarro||DEForce Racing||+25.2194s|
|19||Christian Weir||Turn 3 Motorsport||+26.2917s|
|20||Michael Myers||Michael Myers Racing||+26.9212s|
|21||Erik Evans||Velocity Racing Development||+35.5305s|
|22||Kent Vaccaro||Miller Vinatieri Motorsports||+39.8844s|
|23||Nathan Byrd||Legacy Autosport||+1m15.3229s|
|25||Dylan Christie||Turn 3 Motorsport||+1 lap|
|26||Jackson Lee||JHDD||+1 lap|
|27||Bijoy Garg||JHDD||+1 lap|
|28||Peter Vodanovich||JHDD||+3 laps|
|Fastest lap: Lee, 1m22.0869s