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Sundaramoorthy succeeds in three-way fight for USF2000 win at Indy

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy

Yuven Sundaramoorthy prevailed in a three-driver fight for victory in the first USF2000 race of the weekend on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.

Exclusive Autosport’s points leader Christian Brooks started on pole and led the first two thirds of the 15-lap under pressure from Pabst Racing duo Josh Pierson and Sundaramoorthy.

Twice they briefly got by, and on one of those occassions it required a visit down the turn 1 escape road after going too deep into the corner, and eventually Sundaramoorthy passed Brooks for the lead just as Pierson was cleared for third by Cape Motorsports’ Michael d’Orlando.

Sundaramoorthy immediately created a gap once ahaead, and he finished 1.8985 seconds clear as d’Orlando also cleared Brooks late on. Turn 3 Motorsport’s Josh Green finished not far behind in fifth after also being among the lead group for much of the action.

Title contenders Prescott Campbell (DEForce Racing) and Matt Round-Garrido (Exclusive) has disastrous races, with Campbell being involved in an early clash with Force Indy’s Myles Rowe and Round-Garrido having to stop with a car issue.

Brooks still leads the points, ahead of Sundaramoorthy, DEForce’s Kiko Porto and Pierson.

Race results (15 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Yuven Sundaramoorthy Pabst Racing 21m36.1381s
2 Michael d’Orlando Cape Motorsports +1.8985s
3 Christian Brooks Exclusive Autosport +2.4640s
4 Josh Pierson Pabst Racing +2.7688s
5 Josh Green Turn 3 Motorsport +3.3854s
6 Spike Kohlbecker Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +4.4271s
7 Kiko Porto DEForce Racing +4.8691s
8 Dylan Christie Turn 3 Motorsport +7.0796s
9 Thomas Nepveu Cape Motorsports +7.5438s
10 Jace Denmark-Gessel Exclusive Autosport +7.8954s
11 Simon Sikes Legacy Autosport +8.9431s
12 Billy Frazer Exclusive Autosport +10.7175s
13 Michael Myers Michael Myers Racing +15.2100s
14 Grant Palmer Exclusive Autosport +16.1403s
15 Ely Navarro DEForce Racing +16.3184s
16 Erik Evans Velocity Racing Development +17.7624s
17 Evan Stamer Cape w/ Ignite Autosport +17.8182s
18 Trey Burke Joe Dooling Autosports +19.1644s
19 Peter Vodanovich JHDD +19.9406s
20 Kent Vaccaro Miller Vinatieri Motorsports +20.1853s
21 Myles Rowe Force Indy +1 lap
22 Prescott Campbell DEForce Racing +1 lap
23 Nolan Siegel DEForce Racing +1 lap
24 Bijoy Garg JHDD +5 laps
Ret Matt Round-Garrido Exclusive Autosport
Ret Jackson Lee JHDD
Fastest lap: Siegel, 1m25.1882s

Championship standings
1 Brooks 121   2 Sundaramoorthy 97   3 Porto 88   Pierson 88   5 d’Orlando 79   6 Campbell 74   7 Kohlbecker 69   8 Green 63   9 Frazer 60   10 Nepveu 57