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Quinn wins again in USF2000 after Jones runs into d’Orlando

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography

Velocity Racing Development’s Alex Quinn won again in his second USF2000 race at Indianapolis after Jagger Jones hit the back of race-leader Michael d’Orlando with three laps to go.

A clean start allowed Cape Motorsport’s Jones to hold on to the lead at the start. Just behind him, his team-mate d’Orlando went around the outside of Quinn at turn one to move up to second place.

The first and only full course yellow of the race came out at the end of the opening lap as Jay Howard Driver Development’s Yeoroo Lee stopped in the grass going into the final corner.

The race resumed four laps later and, once again, d’Orlando chose to go around the outside and passed Jones for the lead of the race. Pabst Racing’s Myles Rowe, Jace Denmark and DEForce Racing’s Thomas Nepveu went three-wide into the first corner as they battled for fourth place. Nepveu, on the outside, spun round as a result of a contact with Rowe, who was the car in the middle.

With five laps to go, Jones started to put pressure on d’Orlando. He was eventually able to attempt a move thanks to the slipstream, but d’Orlando committed to the outside line holding on to the lead of the race.

In the following lap, Jones missed his braking point locked up his tyres and hit the rear of d’Orlando as the pair approached the first corner. D’Orlando spun round while Jones dropped behind Quinn, who took the lead of the race.

Jones would then lose places to Billy Frazer and Myles Rowe (who had just swapped positions) and then retired into the pits at the end of the lap. D’Orlando, who had rejoined in seventh place after the spin, recovered to take the chequered flag in fifth position.

Race result (15 laps)
Pos Driver Team Diff
1 Alex Quinn Velocity Racing Development 25m33.6215s
2 Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport +3.4115s
3 Myles Rowe Pabst Racing +3.7167s
4 Jace Denmark Pabst Racing +4.2312s
5 Michael d’Orlando Cape Motorsports +6.9970s
6 Spike Kohlbecker Turn 3 Motorsport w/Ignite Autosport +7.7759s
7 Bijoy Garg DEForce Racing +8.5494s
8 Nicky Hays Cape Motorsports +9.5757s
9 Simon Sikes Legacy Autosport +10.1915s
10 Chase Gardner DEForce Racing +10.6149s
11 Jackson Lee Cape Motorsports +10.9749s
12 Joey Brienza Exclusive Autosport +11.8428s
13 Jacob Douglas Exclusive Autosport +13.4587s
14 Dylan Christie DEForce Racing +16.8559s
15 Jorge Garciarce Jay Howard Driver Development +17.7294s
16 Thomas Nepveu DEForce Racing +19.1436s
17 Viktor Andersson Velocity Racing Development +22.9876s
18 Jagger Jones Cape Motorsports +38.7422s
19 Frankie Mossman Jay Howard Driver Development
20 Danny Dyszelski Jay Howard Driver Development
21 Trey Burke Joe Dooling Autosports
22 Christian Weir Turn 3 Motorsport
23 Yeoroo Lee Jay Howard Driver Development
Fastest lap: Denmark, 1m26.0748s

Championship standings
1 Frazer 117   2 Rowe 112   3 Jones 108   4 d’Orlando 105   5 Denmark 97   6 Sikes 87   7 Weir 75   8 Nepveu 75   9 Kohlbecker 75   10 Garg 73