MRTI Observations: Pro Mazda Royal Purple Grand Prix of Indy Race 2
After the twists and turns in Friday’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires event, a lot of people expected that to continue on Saturday – and they weren’t left disappointed as the drama came early.
Coming to the green, contact ensued among those starting third through fifth, leaving Rinus Veekay stuck on the sidelines after placing third on Friday, and damage for Robert Megennis. The Juncos Racing driver was able to get his Mazda repaired, driving back to an eighth-place finish.
Lodovico Laurini and Oliver Askew also didn’t have the races they wanted, making contact after the restart on Lap 6 to send Laurini through the run-off area. The after-effects continued as Askew received a drive-thru penalty for avoidable contact, while Laurini was told to pull off to the side by race control due to leaking fluid. Askew was able to rebound for a fourth-place finish, giving him a solid weekend after his runner-up on Friday, but certainly not the day he expected after qualifying on pole.
Harrison Scott was going for a second straight win, but mechanical issues took him out of the fray on Lap 11.
The driver who managed to avoid trouble and had the pace to lead the field? Parker Thompson, as he scored the victory for his second of the 2018 campaign. It marks a solid rebound after having trouble in qualifying for race one, and having to fight back for a fifth-place finish despite the engine cover flying off in the late stages on Friday.
Sting Ray Robb also had a solid rebound, too, placing third after yesterday’s trouble, with Carlos Cunha taking the runner-up spot to match his fourth from Friday.
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