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Rowe on pole for USF2000 opener at Mid-Ohio

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Pabst Racing’s Myles Rowe edged title rival Michael d’Orlando to pole for Friday night’s USF2000 race at Mid-Ohio.

Cape Motorsports driver d’Orlando went ahead first, setting a 2m23.5125s on his first lap out on track to lead Jay Howard Driver Development’s debuting Lochie Hughes and Rowe.

On the second flying laps Rowe moved ahead, but was then outpaced by DEForce Racing’s Thomas Nepveu by less than a thousandth of a second.

All the drivers improved again on their third laps, with Rowe moving comfortably clear at the top by 0.2354 seconds over team-mate Jace Denmark and d’Orlando.

Rowe kept ahead despite going no faster on his fourth lap, as Nepveu and Hughes demoted Denmark to fourth. Hughes had exited the pits later than the opposition for his second run, and his fourth lap put him ahead of Rowe by 0.0096s.

The fifth lap from Rowe was enough to reclaim first place by 0.0215s, but he then could not find further pace while Denmark set a 1m22.2070s to put himself 0.1522s ahead. D’Orlando also didn’t improve, and he was down in seventh with five minutes to go of qualifying.

He found form again a minute later as he claimed provisional pole, and Rowe also improved but could only go second fastest, 0.0275s behind. Denmark and Hughes were thrid and fourth, with 0.0520s covering the top four.

The title rivals went faster again on their 11th laps, and Rowe was now on pole by 0.0532s and with just a handful of seconds left on the clock. Each of the top four still had time for one more lap, but one of them could improve and so Rowe earned his second pole of the year.

Hughes will start an impressive fourth for his USF2000 debut, ahead of Velocity Racing Development’s Nikita Johnson, who debuted last time out, and Exclusive Autosport’s Billy Frazer.

Dylan Christie was only two tenths off the pace in seventh, and the top 16 were spread by just over three quarters of a second.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Myles Rowe Pabst Racing 1m22.0932s 13
2 Michael d’Orlando Cape Motorsports 1m22.1464s +0.0532s 13
3 Jace Denmark Pabst Racing 1m22.2070s +0.1138s 13
4 Lochie Hughes JHDD 1m22.2123s +0.1191s 11
5 Nikita Johnson Velocity Racing Development 1m22.2439s +0.1507s 11
6 Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport 1m22.2633s +0.1701s 13
7 Dylan Christie DEForce Racing 1m22.2937s +0.2005s 12
8 Jacob Douglas Exclusive Autosport 1m22.3203s +0.2271s 13
9 Bijoy Garg DEForce Racing 1m22.3455s +0.2523s 13
10 Jagger Jones Cape Motorsports 1m22.3610s +0.2678s 12
11 Thomas Nepveu DEForce Racing 1m22.4484s +0.3552s 13
12 Christian Weir Turn 3 Motorsport 1m22.6548s +0.5616s 13
13 Nicky Hays Cape Motorsports 1m22.7204s +0.6272s 11
14 Spike Kohlbecker Turn 3 w/ Ignite Autosport 1m22.7282s +0.6350s 13
15 Viktor Andersson Velocity Racing Development 1m22.7823s +0.6891s 13
16 Nicholas d’Orlando Velocity Racing Development 1m22.8486s +0.7554s 12
17 Jackson Lee Cape Motorsports 1m23.2571s +1.1639s 12
18 Jorge Garciarce JHDD 1m23.2704s +1.1772s 10
19 Danny Dyszelski JHDD 1m23.4233s +1.3301s 10
20 Evagoras Papasavvas JHDD 1m32.7992s +1.7060s 10