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Porto moves into USF2000 points lead with Road America win

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography / Road to Indy

Kiko Porto took over the USF2000 points lead with a hard-fought victory in the first race of the Road America round.

The Brazilian started from pole and led away before the race entered a full course yellow period following an incident involving Billy Frazer and Kent Vaccaro.

Upon the restart, Porto and Cape Mototsports’ Michael d’Orlando went side-by-side for almost the entire lap in an incredibly tense minute-and-a-half that somehow didn’t result in contact between the pair.

D’Orlando claimed the lead before the final corner, but then Porto went around the outside of him at the start of the next lap and from that point kept the lead of the race to win for DEForce Racing.

Porto’s team-mate Nolan Siegel had been second but was passed by d’Orlando and Spike Kohlbecker on the opening lap, and then after the restart he made a mistake that dropped him several spots down the order. However he recovered well, even when he made another mistake, and was rewarded with fourth place behind Cape with Ignite Autosport driver Kohlbecker.

Exclusive Autosport’s Christian Brooks made a strong pass to finish fifth ahead of series returnee Simon Sikes (Legacy Autosport) and pre-race points leader Yuven Sundaramoorthy (Pabst Racing).

Race results (12 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing 29m28.6976s
2 Michael d’Orlando Cape Motorsports +0.8813s
3 Spike Kohlbecker Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +5.9938s
4 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing +7.5576s
5 Christian Brooks Exclusive Autosport +9.8622s
6 Simon Sikes Legacy Autosport +11.8724s
7 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing +12.0547s
8 Josh Pierson Pabst Racing +12.3478s
9 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport +13.4181s
10 Thomas Nepveu Cape Motorsports +13.7844s
11 Prescott Campbell DEForce Racing +15.3530s
12 Bijoy Garg JHDD +21.8262s
13 Dylan Christie Turn 3 Motorsport +22.2077s
14 Peter Vodanovich JHDD +22.4305s
15 Trey Burke Joe Dooling Autosports +22.9518s
16 Evan Stamer Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +22.9781s
17 Ely Navarro DEForce Racing +27.7325s
18 Erik Evans Velocity Racing Development +27.8907s
19 Myles Rowe Force Indy +30.7693s
20 Michael Myers Michael Myers Racing +30.9990s
21 Jackson Lee JHDD +1m03.5499s
22 Jace Denmark-Gessel Pabst Racing +1m06.1392s
23 Matt Round-Garrido Exclusive Autosport +1m10.3892s
Ret Kent Vaccaro Miller Vinatieri Motorsports
Ret Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport
Fastest lap: d’Orlando, 2m11.0627s

Championship standings
1 Porto 203   2 Sundaramoorthy 191   3 d’Orlando 190   4 Brooks 181   5 Pierson 171   6 Campbell 150   7 Kohlbecker 134   Green 124   9 Nepveu 109   10 Denmark-Gessel 90