MRTI Spring Training Observations: USF2000 Day 1
This article has been updated throughout the day following each of the sessions, with the final update posted as of 4:07 pm EST.
In a field with 12 rookies, it was one of those new faces leading the way to kick off Mazda Road to Indy Spring Training for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday.
Although Pabst Racing topped the charts for most of the session, it is Cape Motorsports leaving the track on Saturday with the quickest time. Kyle Kirkwood topped the charts with a lap of one minute and 23.772 seconds. Kirkwood won the F4 title in their series debut last year, with nine victories and 15 top-10’s. Prior, the 19-year-old was able to be a Team USA qualifier for the Rotax Grand Finals twice, and is a previous winner at the prestigious Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in Las Vegas.
Pabst’s Rasmus Lindh ended up second fastest overall with a lap of one minute and 23.9236 seconds around the road course. The Swede enters the Mazda Road to Indy following a success in karting, having been involved since he was six-years-old. He is coming off a fifth-place finish in the CIK-FIA World Championship in the Senior category of OK.
He was then followed by his pair of experienced teammates Lucas Kohl and Kaylen Frederick. Kohl placed seventh in last year’s standings following three top-fives, including a season-best third at Road America, for Pabst Racing last year. Meanwhile, Frederick drove for Team Pelfry in 2017, scoring five podiums and nine top-five finishes, en route to ranking fourth in the year-end points standings.
DEForce Racing Kory Enders rounds out the top-five overall, just 0.4784 seconds behind Kirkwood. Enders drove for DeForce last year, running consistently in the top-five for the second half of the schedule.
All four drivers from Pabst find themselves in the top-six, with Calvin Ming in sixth. Over the course of 2017, the 22-year-old scored 10 top-10 finishes, including four podiums.
|1||23||Rasmus Lindh (R)||Gothenburg Sweden||Pabst Racing||01:23.9236||–.—-||–.—-||94.801||28||31|
|2||22||Lucas Kohl||Santa Cruz do Sul Brazil||Pabst Racing||01:24.0741||0.1505||0.1505||94.631||21||32|
|3||24||Kaylen Frederick||Potomac MD||Pabst Racing||01:24.0948||0.1712||0.0207||94.608||14||32|
|4||11||Kory Enders (R)||Warwick NY||DEForce Racing||01:24.2504||0.3268||0.1556||94.433||18||25|
|5||21||Calvin Ming||Guyana South America||Pabst Racing||01:24.4756||0.5520||0.2252||94.181||23||32|
|6||81||Kyle Dupell (R)||Portland OR||Team Pelfrey||01:24.4836||0.5600||0.0080||94.172||21||29|
|7||8||Kyle Kirkwood (R)||Jupiter FL||Cape Motorsports||01:24.7317||0.8081||0.2481||93.896||11||24|
|8||28||Zach Holden (R)||Greenfield IN||BN Racing||01:24.8568||0.9332||0.1251||93.758||20||27|
|9||80||Julian Van der Watt (R)||Pretoria South Africa||Team Pelfrey||01:24.8710||0.9474||0.0142||93.742||21||26|
|10||36||Darren Keane||Deerfield Beach FL||Newman Wachs Racing||01:25.0156||1.0920||0.1446||93.583||13||18|
|11||82||Bruna Tomaselli||Caibi Brazil||Team Pelfrey||01:25.2689||1.3453||0.2533||93.305||21||26|
|12||27||Colin Kaminsky||Homer Glen IL||DE Force Racing||01:25.6085||1.6849||0.3396||92.935||23||25|
|13||12||Jose Sierra (R)||Mexico City Mexico||DEForce Racing||01:25.6998||1.7762||0.0913||92.836||12||24|
|14||31||Michael D’Orlando (R)||Hartsdale NY||Team Benik||01:25.9305||2.0069||0.2307||92.586||20||21|
|15||37||Max Peichel (R)||Edina MN||Newman Wachs Racing||01:26.4207||2.4971||0.4902||92.061||22||28|
|16||30||Keith Donegan (R)||Dublin Ireland||ArmsUp Motorsports||01:26.8167||2.8931||0.3960||91.641||8||10|
|17||5||Mathias Soler-Obel (R)||Bogota Colombia||Sol.O Racing||01:26.9601||3.0365||0.1434||91.490||12||15|
|18||93||Jason Clunie||Prince Albert Canada||Exclusive Autosport||01:27.1428||3.2192||0.1827||91.298||14||32|
|19||9||Sabre Cook (R)||Grand Junction CO||ArmsUp Motorsports||01:27.5068||3.5832||0.3640||90.919||17||28|
|20||38||Oscar DeLuzuriaga (R)||Bromley England||Newman Wachs Racing||01:28.6999||4.7763||1.1931||89.696||21||27|
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