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VeeKay moves into Pro Mazda lead with third straight win in Mid-Ohio opener

by Ida Wood

Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway / LLC Photography

Rinus VeeKay moved into the lead of the Pro Mazda standings with an assured victory in the first race at Mid-Ohio.

The Juncos Racing driver led from lights to flag to take his third consecutive win and his fifth of the season.

BN Racing’s David Malukas spent the entirety of the race in second, unable to get close enough to VeeKay to challenge for the lead but safely ahead of Robert Megennis in third place.

When Malukas did up his pace in the second half of the race, VeeKay immediately responded, extending his lead by almost a second in two laps and setting a new lap record.

Megennis looked like he’d lose the final podium spot to Juncos team-mate Carlos Cunha? after the Brazilian started setting some rapid laps in pursuit of third late in the race. Megennis did enough though, taking the position by four tenths of a second.

Pre-race championship leader Parker Thompson finished fifth, demonstrating good pace on occasion but not consistently enough to challenge for fourth.

Reigning USF2000 champion Oliver Askew kept himself on the brink of the title battle in sixth, ahead of RP Motorsport team-mates and championship debutants Felipe Drugovich and Mathias Soler-Obel.

Ninth place for Sting Ray Robb was an impressive result after the Team Pelfrey driver span on the first lap. He made more overtakes than anybody else, although could not finish higher after getting stuck behind Kris Wright for several laps.

 

Race results (25 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Rinus VeeKay Juncos Racing 32m11.225s
2 David Malukas BN Racing +2.8753s
3 Robert Megennis Juncos Racing +4.1795s
4 Carlos Cunha Juncos Racing +8.8756s
5 Parker Thompson Exclusive Autosport +9.4736s
6 Oliver Askew Cape Motorsports +10.5738s
7 Felipe Drugovich RP Motorsport +13.256s
8 Mathias Soler-Obel RP Motorsport +18.8568s
9 Sting Ray Robb Team Pelfrey +29.0019s
10 Kris Wright BN Racing +34.2774s
11 Nikita Lastochkin Cape Motorsports +35.0174s
12 Andres Gutierrez Team Pelfrey +37.0652s
13 Moises de la Vara DEForce Racing +42.3389s
14 Charles Finelli Fatboy Racing +2 laps
Pole: VeeKay, 1m15.4461s? ? ??Fastest lap: VeeKay, 1m16.331s

Championship Standings
1?VeeKay 289? ?2?Thompson 280? ?3?Cunha 243??4 Malukas 223? ?5?Askew 210? ?6?Harrison Scott 189? ?7?Megennis 179? ?8?Robb 172? ?9?Lastochkin 157? ?10 Gutierrez 133