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Top 3 Indy Pro 2000 Moments From the 2018 Season
Starting in Florida, and ending the year at Portland, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires (previously Pro Mazda) season featured several memorable moments. Going back through the events this past year, here are the three moments that stand out above the rest.
The Craziness at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
While each of the Mazda Road to Indy divisions put on a great show at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires took it to a whole new level with enough twists and turns to make your head spin.
Most people will remember the battle for the win between Rinus Veekay and Harrison Scott. It was a great entering turn one on Lap 16, but the coverage decided to show Andres Guiterrez with a blown motor slowing on the frontstretch. The restart that came after that saw the battle continue, with the pair close all the way to the checkered flag as Veekay got the win.
Though before then, it seemed anything that was possible happened. Pole sitter Oliver Askew went off track on the opening lap to drop down to seventh; he would rebound to finish second. There was also some three-wide racing with a bit of shoving mid-pack at the beginning, too, resulting in front wing damage for Guiterrez, as well as right front suspension damage for Sting Ray Robb. Oh, and who can forget Parker Thompson placing fifth despite the engine cover coming off?
The Wet Weather at Barber Motorsports Park
The wet weather may have made for a slippery track, but maybe that was a good thing – except that drivers learned mistakes would prove costly on the tricky 17-turn road course.
Andres Guitierrez looked to be the most impressive in the conditions, highlighted by a masterful pass on Harrison Scott for the lead. Of course, that won’t be what is remembered. Instead, a lot of people will probably recall when he got out of line on the wet conditions, losing the lead to Scott and dropping back to seventh for the checkered.
The battle between Rinus Veekay and Rafael Martins was great to watch, though. Really, tough conditions made for a much more exciting race than the dry event on Saturday. But like Guitierrez, we won’t remember that, but rather race control’s decision to fly the yellow with five to go and run under caution until the checkered. There’s no arguing reason for doing that due to conditions, but they should’ve just called it, rather than create false hope. By the way, caution flies seconds sooner and Guitierrez wins. Ouch.
If the race would’ve went back green, the gamble by both Oliver Askew and Kory Enders to pit for rain tires would’ve been interesting to watch.
A Car Goes Flying at the Honda Indy Toronto
The wreck at the beginning of the first event surprised everyone as you’d expect the first day to be clean while the second is a mess.
Going into turn three on Saturday, Harrison Scott appeared to not be on the brakes, launching over the back of Sting Ray Robb. Thankfully, Scott was uninjured in the crash, and actually started the second event of the weekend on Sunday. A mechanical failure took him out on the opening lap, though.
Scott’s mechanical failure doesn’t excuse the lack of patience that resulted in three-wide racing right from the bat, or Antonio Serravalle and Raul Guzman’s incident in turn one. These are a bunch of young hungry drivers who are learning steps for the days ahead, and that includes patience. –
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