Mazda Road to Indy
Filgueras Looks to Carry Success Forward
While the focus of the USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda at St. Petersburg was on the front runners, Eric Filgueiras was making his name known in the National Class.
Within USF2000, there’s the overall winner, as well as the National Class, which allows competitors to get involved in the Mazda Road to Indy by allowing them to race cars deemed legal for the SCAA F2000 championship for a separate championship.
Filgueiras is the first driver to make the most of the opportunity, sweeping both races as part of the season-opening event at St. Pete.
“This weekend began with a few problems but my team persevered and we turned it into a great event and excellent start to the season,” Filgueiras explained. “I’ve got to say a special thank you to team owner Jim Spencer and our partners for continuing to believe in me and a big thanks to my dad, who worked so hard to rebuild the car over winter and made sure we performed so well.”
The driver of the No. 12 Lipten Energy Solutions entry got off to a rocky start in practice. Filgueiras was only able to make one lap during opening practice and found a left-rear camber bolt had backed out during second practice. The repairs caused the 22-year-old to miss qualifying.
Despite starting near the back of the field, Filgueiras was able to make his way forward during the caution-filled race, finishing 14th overall and first in class. He backed it up in the second race, scoring another class victory.
The success of the Spencer Racing driver isn’t surprising, though, as he finished second last year in the SCCA Pro F2000 Championship with five podium finishes.
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