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MRTI Spring Training Observations: USF2000 Day 1

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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.

JOE SKIBINSKI | MAZDA ROAD TO INDY

JOE SKIBINSKI | MAZDA ROAD TO INDY

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.

Pos No Driver Hometown Team BestTm Diff Gap BestSpd BestLap TotalLaps
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

usf2000 saturday practice 2

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